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Volume 7, Issue 4 (1978)

Is My Child Delayed in Speech?

pp. 62—70

We do not know how spoken language originated, whether in the history of mankind there was once a single language or whether there were several languages that developed in different parts of the world. Nor do we know just how languages took their form, how they became symbol systems that followed rules for speaking and listening, rules that could be encoded and decoded.Yet, we know that somehow almost all children discover language for themselves. They create their own language out of what they hear. This creation, the language each child speaks, is remarkably like the language of their elders. Somehow it also manages to express the child’s own individuality and uniqueness as a human being.

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