Summary of the Fourth Discussion Session Production and Recognition

  • F. Lowenthal


This discussion mainly concerns the following point: “How is it possible that a young child does not understand its own utterances?” STRAIGHT gave examples of children’s utterances which were understood by adults, but not by the child itself when a recording was played back. This could happen in laboratory or in quasi-natural settings, at the sentence or at the phoneme level. STRAIGHT’s tentative explanation, i.e. that the child does not only want to be understood (production process) but also needs to fully understand the adults (comprehension process) was discussed and several other hypotheses were formulated. LACOMBE claimed that the classroom context differed so much from the family context that observations made in the classroom might lead to false conclusions: the methodology was then discussed. BROOKES developed considerations about the pedagogical implications of a distinction between production and recognition, and WEINZWEIG eventually pointed out the importance of context.


Comprehension Process Pedagogical Implication Phoneme Level White Figure Foreign Language Teacher 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Lowenthal
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  1. 1.University of MonsMonsBelgium

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