LING 106 - Start Talking: Introduction to First Language Acquisition
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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One of the most remarkable properties of human development is how easily and rapidly children learn to speak a language. In fact, as long as they are exposed to language, all children acquire native competency. So, how do children do this when adults often fail miserably at learning a new language? In this class, we will explore this question through research highlights, some of which form the very backbone of more general linguistic theories. We will address questions like: 1) what conclusions can we draw about what is universal in language development versus what is language or culture specific? 2) do children always imitate their care-givers or do they bring innovations into a language? 3) what psycholinguistic processes explain child utterances like “Nail polish me!” or “We holded the baby rabbits” or “My foots are tired”? and more. The development of language abilities will be explored from several perspectives, including unilingual and multilingual contexts, languages of different types, and differing theoretical approaches.

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No linguistics background is expected for this class.

LING 106 - Start Talking: Introduction to First Language Acquisition
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ISBN: 9781412902311
Child language : acquisition and development, Author: Matthew Saxton., Publisher: SAGE Publications 1. publ. 2010
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