Conversational Abilities

Communicative competence also entails knowing how to engage in conversations in appropriate and informative ways. A number of studies have focused on the development of conversational abilities, especially the ability to take turns and maintain the topic of conversation. From the earliest stages children are able to take turns in conversation, following their mothers' utterance with their own, usually, although not always, in a semantically related way. This ability to maintain topic increases during the preschool years and the child is now able to respond to his or her mother by expanding on the information in her utterances. This ability to add new information correlates highly with the child's developing linguistic skills, as measured by MLU, and leads to the ability to maintain a topic over longer chains of conversational turns.

The use of language in various contexts provides the interactive, communicative framework within which children acquire knowledge of the linguistic structures available in their native language so that they can express more fully the ideas that are generated by their developing cognitive and social systems.

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