This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending.
Pragmatics is the domain of language that relates linguistic forms to the people using them. The development of pragmatics starts from birth with caregiver-infant exchanges and builds right up to understanding functionally complex forms of language including sarcasm. This brief overview will consider the pragmatic developments that come with the discovery of pre-linguistic communication, words, sentences, and supra-sentential structures as well as different types of non-literal language. The focus will be on the developmental trajectory of typically hearing children learning a spoken language, although some signposts to research with deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children learning spoken and/or signed languages will be given along the way. As we will come to see, pragmatic development depends critically on accessing interaction with others in order for children to become effective communicators who can build on their confidence at each stage in order to reach the next.
- About the main pragmatic developments children typically make between birth and 10 years of age.
- How the language learning environment and experience of interaction affects development.
- Consider pragmatic development a case of skill learning, with several sources of individual differences