Publication details [#3421]

Foster, Sue. 1979. Topic initiation - One step or two: Some factors involved in mother-child interaction at the prelinguistic stage. Nottingham Linguistic Circular 8 (2) : 96–107.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Person as a subject


F. gives an outline of the model of topic initiation proposed by E.O. Keenan, B.B. Schieffelin (1976: 'Topic as a discourse notion') and discusses the various factors involved in whether the 'speaker' realizes the steps he must take in order to be successful as a single unit or separately.