The child continues to make meanings out of found experience, amplifying linguistic skills along the way. The linguistic skills can be said to be transferred when the language acquired in one context is applied to another context, although some residue of the original context may also be present in the new one. As Thonis puts it, apropos of the way language skills are used to operate in the learning processes of a variety of subjects: "Transfer takes place when there are elements in the new task similar to those in the task or skill previously acquired" (p. 190).
What is transferred where language development is concerned is that ability to attach meaning to new forms of verbal experience. What is important to optimal transfer is that the initial stage of attaching meaning to experience of language sounds and/or nonverbal commun