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Watson, Rita 1949-

Works: 13 works in 107 publications in 5 languages and 4,049 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Editor, Collector
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Most widely held works about Rita Watson
Most widely held works by Rita Watson
Child's talk : learning to use language by Jerome S Bruner( Book )

25 editions published between 1983 and 1997 in English and German and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does a child acquire language, and what may facilitate this learning? To carry out his investigations, Bruner went to the child's own setting for learning rather than observing children in a contrived video laboratory. For Bruner, language is learned by using it. Central to its use are what he calls "formats," scriptlike interactions between mother and child, in short, play and games. What goes on in games as rudimentary as peekaboo or hide and seek can tell us much about language acquisition. But what aids the aspirant speaker in his attempt to use language? To answer this, the author postulates the existence of a Language Acquisition Support System that frames the interactions between adult and child in such a way as to allow the child to master the basic but necessary steps in learning to talk. It underlies the fine tuning involved in orderly language learning and allows the child to proceed from learning how to refer to objects to learning to make a request of another human being. - Back cover
The Toronto school of communication theory : interpretations, extensions, applications( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection not only represents a crucial step in defining the 'Toronto School,' it also provides close analysis of the ideas of its individual members
Comment les enfants apprennent à parler by Jerome S Bruner( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in French and Undetermined and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Permet d'accompagner les parents, les spécialistes, dans l'observation des jeunes enfants qui apprennent à parler dans leur cadre familial. Comment le jeune enfant apprend à communiquer et à organiser sa représentation du monde? De quelle manière se fait l'apprentissage de la langue maternelle? Des éclaircissements sur le sujet par le spécialiste de la révolution cognitive
Writing science before the Greeks : a naturalistic analysis of the Babylonian astronomical treatise MUL. APIN by Rita Watson( Book )

16 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El habla del niño : aprendiendo a usar el lenguage by Jerome S Bruner( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in Spanish and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frau gegen Frau : Rivalinnen im Beruf by Jill Barber( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il linguaggio del bambino : come il bambino impara ad usare il linguaggio by Jerome S Bruner( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in Italian and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visual perceptual, perceptual motor and temporal sequence tasks : the performance of average and below average readers by Rita Watson( Book )

4 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From meaning to definition: the development of word meaning in the school-aged child by Rita Watson( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Development of an instrument to measure women's attitudes toward the alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test as a prenatal diagnostic tool( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Definitions: The Conventionalization of Word Meaning by Rita Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This discussion argues that the development of children's definitions is shaped by a particular orientation to word meaning characteristic of literate language use. This orientation is marked by increased attention to the linguistic form of expressions. To test this argument, a study was undertaken in which eight common nouns, familiar to most preschool children, were used to elicit definitions from children. Results indicate that children's attention to the linguistic form of the definitional question influences the structure of their definition. When the form is emphasized, a greater number of superordinate terms are elicited. Children also begin marking attention to the response form implied by the question--a noun phrase complement--prior to using the true superordinate terms. These nominal phrase markers appear to serve as a placeholder or bridge leading from the early functional responses of the preschooler to the conventional superordinate category definition typical of our literate culture, exemplified in the dictionary definition. Children's early definitions reflect the oral contexts of acquisition but with schooling and literacy gradually become close approximations of the archival definitional form prevalent in literate culture. (Author/JK)
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Child's talk : learning to use language
Alternative Names
Watson, Rita

Watson, Rita P. M 1949-

Watson, Rita Patricia May

English (60)

French (16)

German (12)

Spanish (10)

Italian (7)

The Toronto school of communication theory : interpretations, extensions, applicationsWriting science before the Greeks : a naturalistic analysis of the Babylonian astronomical treatise MUL. APIN