1 Introduction.- Language Practice (Play).- Types of Language Practice.- Developmental Patterns.- Influence of Social Variables on Language Practice.- Why Do Children Play with Language?.- Purpose of this Volume.- 2 Methodology.- Subjects.- Speech Sampling.- Transcription.- Scoring of Speech Samples.- 3 Mean Length of Utterance in Morphemes.- Group Comparisons.- Analyses of Individual Children's MLU in Various Situations.- Discussion.- 4 Linguistic Practice.- Group Analyses.- Preliminary Analyses of Individual Patterns.- More Analyses of the Linguistic Practice of Individual Children.- Analyses of Developmental Patterns: Buildups.- Analyses of Developmental Patterns: Breakdowns.- Analyses of Developmental Patterns: Completions.- Analyses of Developmental Patterns: Exact Reproductions.- Analyses of Developmental Patterns: Substitutions.- 5 Discussion, Conclusions, and Speculations.- The Relation of Imitation and Repetition.- The Relation of Crib-Speech Practice and Social-Context-Speech Practice.- Parents' Modeling of Linguistic Practice.- Why Do Children Engage in Language Practice?.- Is Crib Speech an Important Context for Language Practice?.- References.- Author Index.
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