First Verbs: A Case Study of Early Grammatical Development by Michael Tomasello

By Michael Tomasello

First Verbs is a close diary learn of 1 kid's earliest language improvement in the course of her moment yr of lifestyles. utilizing a Cognitive Linguistics framework, the writer makes a speciality of how his daughter bought her first verbs, and the position verbs performed in her early grammatical improvement. the writer argues that a lot of a kid's first grammatical buildings are tied to person verbs, and that earliest language is predicated on normal cognitive and social-cognitive strategies, specially occasion buildings and cultural studying.

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Qxd 5/17/06 11:30 AM 30 Page 30 Interpretation of Findings of this chapter attempts to navigate among these tensions to foster interpretation that uses sound principles of measurement science as tempered by the fallible nature of diagnostic systems, clinical judgment, and imperfect data. Assessing Core Constructs/Symptoms The DSM approach to assessing symptoms involves a tally of the presence or absence of symptoms based on stated criteria. History taking is the method of choice for making this tally and determining if the number and, in some cases, quality of the symptoms meet the criteria stated.

For example, a child may have reading achievement test scores that are far below average, deviant enough to warrant the diagnosis of a reading disability. This child may be treated quite differently, in an educational intervention sense, if she or he also has below normative average scores in mathematics, writing, science, and social studies. In fact, the problem of assessment for comorbidity provides the best argument for the use of person-oriented methods of assessment using dimensional assessment measures (Caron & Rutter, 1991).

95 and higher. 90 (C. R. Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004). Overall, there are several strengths to using a categorical system, such as the DSM. qxd 5/17/06 11:30 AM Page 11 Psychiatric Diagnostic Classification 11 improve the reporting on comorbidity, services, treatment, and outcomes; introduce rigorous diagnostic standards in research; provide an international reference system; and improve communication with consumers, health providers, and the public (Jablensky, 1999). Parsimony is another key strength of the DSM.

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