Imitation and Language Development: Issues and Clinical Implications The relationship between imitation and language learning is of both theoretical and clinical interest. While current psycholinguistic accounts give imitation only a limited role in language learning, learning theorists and others continue to refer to imitation as a major factor in the child’s acquisition of language. Clinicians deal with imitation ... Articles
Articles  |   August 1975
Imitation and Language Development: Issues and Clinical Implications
 
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Articles   |   August 1975
Imitation and Language Development: Issues and Clinical Implications
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1975, Vol. 40, 339-350. doi:10.1044/jshd.4003.339
History: Received August 23, 1974 , Accepted February 10, 1975
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1975, Vol. 40, 339-350. doi:10.1044/jshd.4003.339
History: Received August 23, 1974; Accepted February 10, 1975

The relationship between imitation and language learning is of both theoretical and clinical interest. While current psycholinguistic accounts give imitation only a limited role in language learning, learning theorists and others continue to refer to imitation as a major factor in the child’s acquisition of language. Clinicians deal with imitation in modeling procedures as well as in counseling parents about how to promote children’s language development. A review of theory and research on the nature and development of imitation reveals wide variation in terminology, definitions, and explanations. The clinical use of imitation procedures have greater significance for the acquisition of communication skills than for the development of linguistic structure.

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