The Development of Conversational Behavior
This paper begins by describing a phenomenon discovered in the laboratory some years ago, outlines some of the reasoning advanced to explain it, reports an extensive follow-up designed to test some of that reasoning, then gives some rather speculative conclusions based on the whole mass of data and the ideas that have been stirred up by it. Briefly, the phenomenon is that young children behave differently in conversations than older children and adults do; the thinking about this has included linguistic, cognitive, and social issues in the development of children at along about the beginning of adolescence.
KeywordsMixed Group Conversational Group Instructional Situation Listener Response Conversational Behavior
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