Communication with Children and Phonology

The development of communication skills at children is very important and starts from the beginning of the life of an individual. At the same time, the role of phonology in the development of children’s communication skills, especially at the early stages of their life is often underestimated. As a result, the ignorance of phonology or lack of attention to phonology in the process of educating children, at the early stages of their development, can lead to the development of serious problems related not only to their communication style, but also their pronunciation and speech construction.

What is meant here is the fact that teaching children of communication skills occurs in the process of communication and adults should remember that even if they communicate with a baby, who does not actually understands the sense of words, they should still pay attention to phonology because, even at the early stage of their development, children acquire their basic linguistic experience and skills which are gradually developed and improved in the course of their life.

However, often parents do not use a standard language, they change the pronunciation and use words they believe are comprehensible to babies or small children more than the standard language and pronunciation. But this an erroneous approach because babies and children learn to speak through communication with their parents and other people and phonology can be of the utmost importance in this regard.

Many specialists are concerned with this problem and they research the interrelationship between communication with children and phonology. Some specialists, such as B.W. Hodson, researched this problem and revealed a considerable impact of communication on enhancing children’s phonological systems which led to the formation of proper linguistic skills at children.

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