By Rudolf Thurneysen

Even supposing the ebook used to be basically meant for philologists--its function being, within the author's phrases, 'to make previous Irish obtainable to these accustomed to the comparative grammar of the Indo-European languages'--it has been for greater than a new release the traditional paintings for all who've made outdated Irish their precise research.

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We may see a child in a number of different contexts over a period of time and at that point we are able to make better decisions than at first sight. Parental reports are taken very seriously and it is reassuring if the parent reports that a child speaks a lot more in other situationsin the home or with friends, for example. Parents are generally very accurate in making such judgements and where they are worried, there very often turns out to be a genuine problem. However, the cause of this worry may be somewhat different if a second language is involved.

In addition, it is difficult to judge the validity and reliability of the research projects referred to, many of which had only a small sample of childrenthe largest study had 20 mothers in each national group. Nevertheless, studies carried out over a period of nearly 30 years, many of them conducted by Japanese researchers, do show a remarkable consistency in their findings. National differences in parent-child interactions reflect differences in adult-adult conversation, which in turn embody cultural assumptions about the relative value attached to various kinds of talk.

Parental reports are taken very seriously and it is reassuring if the parent reports that a child speaks a lot more in other situationsin the home or with friends, for example. Parents are generally very accurate in making such judgements and where they are worried, there very often turns out to be a genuine problem. However, the cause of this worry may be somewhat different if a second language is involved. We know from our questionnaire survey (see Chapter 1) that many Japanese parents are worried not because they think their children may have some sort of disorder but because they are having to make difficult decisions about their children's language learning and education.

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