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Developing language in a developing body (short summary)

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In this paper, the author argues that there is a relationship between the motor skills and experiences of infants and their development of language and communication. Events in motor development may give infants the opportunity to practice skills that they later utilize in language development; for example, rhythmic arm movements such as hand banging may let infants practice the skills of performing highly timed movements which is then applied to babbling. Early motor experiences may also change the way an infant interacts with her body; for example, learning to sit unaided allows infants the breath control to produce new sounds in longer combinations. These types of motor experiences contribute to language development in typically developing children but remain only one aspect of the many skills necessary for successful language acquisition.


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