the parents spoke regularly and the languages that the child was able to interact with during the course of interaction with the parents. The language to be acquired is also a key factor that Strid & Heimann (2006) pointed out considering that some languages have more syllables than others
COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT IN INFANCY 8 thus making it harder for the child to master the given words. This was also seen from the results that were projected from the study conducted as all the twenty six children took more time to acquire the Swedish language as compared to a child in the United States acquiring the English language. As for the basic biological makeup, the children were tested for the ability to acquire two different languages from their parents considering that a child is always in a position to acquire two or more language once they are exposed to an environment that they can familiarize themselves with such as listening to their parents pronounce specific word (Tamis-LeMona & Yoshikawa, 2012). The child would try as much as possible to recall any words that were mentioned during their social interaction with their parents and different people within the community that he/she lives in, which in turn means that the interaction with the parents is one of the most essential parts in the acquisition of language in the children. Discussion Exposure to different environments greatly affects the rate and limit of language acquisition. The first factor that influences language acquisition is exposure to the specific environments. As mentioned earlier, the environment greatly impacts the rate at which a child is able to acquire a given language considering that the child must be able to listen to the words that are used to be able to understand how to use them. Another kind of environment that the child can be exposed to is musical environment whereby the child is attracted to different musical instruments, which they use in language acquisition (Paavola & Moilanen, 2005). During language acquisition, the child must be able develop the necessary intuitive communication capacities that will not only promote their confidence toward acquiring that language but will also promote the confidence to acquire a given language from the surrounding environment. As
COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT IN INFANCY 9 mentioned before, a child must be attentive to the surrounding environment in order to acquire the specific words that are used in communication (Reilly & Williams, 2006). Social interactions are also a factor that must be understood; a child must be able to interact with the parents and other members within the community to understand the words that are being used for communication. After the initial acquisition of the words, the child must then be able to interact with the specific people within the community to understand how to construct simple sentences that will later pass on an intended message (Strid & Heimann, 2006).
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- Professor Obura Oluoch
- Developmental Psychology, gleason