Imitation: A Bootstrap for Learning to Speak?

  • Gisela E. Speidel
Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 24)


The literature on imitation in language learning has been fraught not only with problems of what should be considered an imitation, but also with vague views of how imitation can help (for a discussion,see Oksaar, 1982; Snow, 1983). We must construct models of language learning in order to advance our understanding of that learning process. Predictions and hypotheses of how imitation can help should then be made from such models. These models should also be the basis for (1) definitions of subcategories of imitation and (2) the aspects of language chosen in order to study the effects of imitation.


Language Development Language Learning Language Acquisition Speech Sound Spontaneous Speech 
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