On the Relation between Language Comprehension and Language Production in a Social Psychological Perspective

  • Bente Eriksen Hagtvet


The assumption that language comprehension is developmentally ahead of language production has traditionally been considered an indisputable fact (Brown 1973, Chomsky 1964, Ingram 1974, Lenneberg 1962, McCarthy 1954). This position has received considerable experimental support (Cinque 1973, Cocking 1977, Fraser et al. 1963, Lovell & Dixon 1967, Nelson 1977, Nurss & Day 1971). Many investigators have, however, more recently taken other positions, e.g. that comprehension equals production (Fernald 1972), that production precedes comprehension (Chapman & Miller 1973, Clark 1974), or that the relationship shifts and varies with age, situation and experience (Bloom 1974).


Target Object Language Comprehension Language Production Poor Comprehenders Object Context 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bente Eriksen Hagtvet
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  1. 1.Training Center of Special EducationOsloNorway

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