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12/03/2009 13:00:00 Language Development How do kids learn language? Common view: imitation of parents (nurture) Chomsky: Not just imitation o We constantly create new sentences o Infinite number of sentences “the big big big big big big” “john told mary that susan told fred that” o errors “tom goed to the store” ; “three mouses” not learned from parents If not imitation, then what? o Nature’s impact on language development Milestones 2-6 months: cooing (vowel sounds) Babbling (6-10 months) Reduplication: same syllable repeated o Ba ba ba ba, not ba ga da ta Same across cultures Even deaf babies babble orally o Manual babbling o Pettito: babies exposed to signed language babble with hands! Repetitive hand patterns Reduplication
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The first word! Around 12 months How can you tell? o Usually concrete noun o Earlier for signed languages! Easier to make signs then use your
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