2-4-08 - Language Acquisition How Do Children Learn To...

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  1 Language Acquisition How Do Children Learn To Talk? Most normal and most amazing at the same time!
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  2 What Is Innate? Are humans innately  programmed to speak? WHAT  is innate? Is language ability is separate  from other cognitive activities? Speech development is similar Development doesn’t  matter where you are in the  world. Children Children make mistakes  different from adults  (“runned home”)
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  3 Three Types of Approaches Content approach : Universal  Approach (Noam Chomsky) Steven Pinker  calls it a “language instinct.” We all arrive with some innate  skill to manage rules of  language Process approach : Humans are  innately geared to process  linguistic data (Lila Gleitman)
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  4 Three Approaches Social approach :  Social role of  parents and role of mother.  Motherese :  slower speech;  slow, well-formed utterances,  with a lot of repetition. Not an essential building block  for language; makes it easier  for children to learn language.
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  5 In Short . . . . Language is innately  guided behavior “How” controversy not  solved Humans “tuned in” to  language Children pick out speech  sounds and build them  into linguistic grammars English 100
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  6 What Steven Pinker Calls the Stages in  Language Acquisition Syllable babbling Gibberish babbling One word utterances Two Word Strings All Hell Breaks Loose!  Sentence length;  vocabulary
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