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EN 300: Modern Theories of Grammar: Language Acquisition

Language Acquisition Overview

"When acquiring one or more native language(s), all children go through the same stages of language development: they start by babbling, then learn their first words, go through a so-called one-word stage (during which they can utter only one word at a time), enter the two-word stage, and finally learn the more complex structures of their language(s). Language acquisition is not limited to children; many people learn a second language later in life. However, second-language acquisition can differ from first-language acquisition in many respects."

Vedrana Mihalicek and Christina Wilson (Eds.) 2011. Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 312.

"Baby Up!?"

Giulia Forsythe "Baby Up!?" <Flickr.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/5820574107>

Databases

Frequent Research Focuses

Need Ideas? Here are some areas researchers explore.

  • Nativism
  • Empiricism
  • Generative Language Acquisition
  • Interaction of language and culture
  • Second Language Acquistion