This paper describes some aspects of the speech communication system in young children (2-3 years old). The imitative mechanism in adult-child interaction is considered to be one of the traceable processes in speech communication. Within this framework a methodology is developed for utterance classification that allows for describing the transitional stage from imitation into topic continuation. Within this transitional stage, theoretical implications of the function of imitation are related to several acoustic analyses. Some tentative conclusions for a strategy in language and speech acquisition can be deduced.
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