Metalinguistic development. Front Cover. Jean Émile Gombert. Harvester Wheatsheaf Bibliographic information. QR code for Metalinguistic development . Request PDF on ResearchGate | Metalinguistic Development | At a very early age, the Jean Émile Gombert’s novel description of processes such as the. In Metalinguistic Development, J. E. Gombert attempts to provide a syn- thesis and evaluation of research devoted to understanding how and when children.

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Metalinguistics is the branch of linguistics that studies language and its relationship to other cultural behaviors. Mey in his book, Trends in Linguistics[1] describes Mikhail Bakhtin ‘s bombert of metalinguistics as “encompassing the life history of a speech community, with an orientation toward a study of large events in the speech life of people and embody changes in various cultures and ages.

This is the second time that a psycholinguistic tradition recently developed has been given the name metalinguistics. Mdtalinguistic linguist Noam Chomsky defines the field of metalinguistics as the subject knowledge of the characteristics and the operation of language or, from a more functionalist perspective, of its structure, its operation and its use.

The relevant psychological description cannot be based on abstraction, it requires that the researchers and theorists widen their scopes till the point they can embrace the importance of the behavioural actions in the cognitive context of the subjects that realise them. Metalinguistic skills involve amplified and logical understanding of the rules used to govern language.

Scholar Patrick Hartwell points out how substantial it is for metalingusitic to develop these capabilities, especially heightened phonological awarenesswhich is a key precursor to literacy.

This idea is also examined in the article, ‘Metalinguistic Awareness and Literacy Acquisition in Different Languages’, [3] that centers on how the construction of a language and writing strategy shape an individual’s ability to read.

It also discusses the manner in which bilingualism increases particular elements of metalinguistic awareness. Published research studies by Elizabeth McAllister have concluded that metalinguistic abilities are associated to cognitive development and is contingent on metalinguistic awareness which relates to reading skill level, academic developmwnt and cultural environment that starts at infancy and continues through preschool.


According to Text in Education and Societysome examples of metalinguistic skills include discussing, examining, thinking about language, grammar and reading comprehension. The text also states that a student’s recognition or self-correction of language in verbal and written form helps them further advance their skills. The book also illustrates manners in which literature can form connections or create boundaries between educational intelligence and practical knowledge.

Metalinguistix wrote the book, Phonological Awareness[5] which illustrates the connection between phonological awareness and metalinguistic awareness’s in literacy learning. It essentially states that a student’s ability to understand the spoken word and their ability to recognize a word and decode it are dependent on each other.

The text also discusses ways in which students struggling with speech impairments and reading difficulties can improve their learning process. Linguists use this term to designate activities associated with metalanguagea language composed of the entirety of words forming linguistic terminology for example, syntaxsemanticsphonemelexeme Metalinguistics is used to refer to the language, whether natural or formalized as in logicwhich is itself used to speak of language; to gombett language whose sole function is to describe a language.

The language itself must constitute mmetalinguistic sole sphere of application for the entire vocabulary.

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Experts are undecided about the value of awareness of metalanguage to language learners, and some “schools of thought” in language learning have been heavily against it. In other words, it is the ability to consciously analyze language and its sub-parts, to know how they operate and how they are incorporated into the wider language system Beceren, An individual with such ability is aware that linguistic forms and structure can interact and be manipulated to produce a vast variety of meanings.

Words are only arbitrarily and symbolically associated with their referents, and are separable from them. For example, a dog is named “Cat”, but the word “Cat” is only a representation for the animal, dog. It does not make the dog a cat.

The term was first used by Metaalinguistic professor Deveopment Cazden in to demonstrate the shift of linguistic intelligence across languages. Metalinguistics awareness was used as a construct in research extensively in the mid s and early s. Metalinguistic awareness is a theme that has frequently appeared in the study of bilingualism.


Amongst the four, phonological and word awareness are the two aspects of metalinguistic awareness that have garnered the greatest attention in bilingual literacy research. Research has shown metalinguistic awareness in bilinguals to be a crucial component because of its documented relationship and positive effects on language ability, symbolic development and literacy skills.

Bilinguals are simultaneously learning and switching between two languages, which may facilitate the development of stronger phonological awareness.

Hence they are equipped with stronger metalinguistic awareness as compared to their monolingual counterparts. In their book Literacy and Orality[9] scholars David R.


Olson and Nancy Torrance explore the relationship between literacy drvelopment metalinguistic awareness, citing a link that arises from the fact that, in both reading and writing, language can become the object of thought and discussion.

Prose reading and writing can be an instrument of metalinguistic reflection and in those cases one must assess the particular meaning of terms and of grammatical relations between them in order, either to understand such texts or write them.

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