Psych M.D. – Telegraphic Speech


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Term: Telegraphic Speech
Definition (Myers):early speech stage in which a child speaks like a telegram- " go car"- using mostly noun and verbs and omitting "auxiliary" words.
Definition (alternative):
Telegraphic Speech: At approximately age 2, children enter the Two-Word Stage of language development. During this stage they exhibit telegraphic speech, which is speech that sounds very much like a telegram, has words arranged in an order that makes sense, and contains almost all nouns and verbs. For example, a child at this stage of development who wants to get milk may say "get milk", as opposed to saying just "milk". As you can see, there are only two words, they are in an order that makes sense, there is one verb and one noun, and it sounds like a telegram.
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Contextual explanation: around 24 months, children speak like telegrams. This early stage in speech contains mostly nouns and verbs. For example, "want juice" instead of "I want Juice." Also, children at this stage often say adjectives before nouns. For example, big doggy rather than doggy big.
Related terms and concepts:
two-word stage
babbling stage
one-word stage
syntax


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Related websites:
Telegraphic Speech Wikipedia
Suite101.com
Speech Technology
Edited by: Joon



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