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Language Development in Early Childhood Dr. Leilani Brown
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Alphabet Stew Words can be stuffy, as sticky as glue, but words can be tutored to tickle you, too, to rumble and tumble and tingle and sing, to buzz like a bumblebee, coil like a spring. Juggle their letters and jumble their sounds, swirl them in circles and stack them in mounds, twist them and tease them and turn them about, teach them to dance upside down, inside out. Make mighty words whisper and tiny words roar in ways no one ever had thought of before; cook an improbable alphabet stew, and words will reveal little secrets to you. Jack Prelutsky (1983) Alphabet Stew
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Linguistics: The Science of Language Humans are unique in their ability to talk and use language to generate ideas. Dogs and other animals can understand some language, but they can t talk. In the 20 th century there was a revolution in the study of language acquisition. Noam Chomsky developed the transformational theory. Psycholinguistics, or the study of the psychological processes that underlie language acquisition was born. Linguists and psychologists
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Behavioral Theory Language develops in response to environmental stimulation. Language acquisition follows the same laws of learning as other types of behavior. Children learn to talk when adults reinforce their efforts to make sounds. Imitation is an important component.
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Structural Theory Language acquisition depends on innate features of the brain. Language development follows a predetermined course. Broca s area in the front left region of the brain controls expressive language.
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