January 31st, 2013 Language Development
QUIZ ON TUESDAY
- Last time:
o Three cognitive skill are fundamental to language acquisition:
Problem solving or development of means-ends relationships
(emphasized in paper)
HOW DO CHILDREN THINK? Jan 29th, 2013 Babies come into the world with certain cognitive abilities in place. o Other skills that they must learn. Development of Hearing o Though sensitivity to sound develops early, the brain region that processes sound is
January 24, 2013 240: Language Acquisition in Children and Adolescents Grammar is really what shows that you know the language. Acquisition of sentences is what marks acquisition of language. You also must be able to communicate your thoughts with your sp
240 Language Development in Children and Adolescents: Jan. 22nd
6 quizzes, 5 points each. Dates on syllabus. Everything covered prior is fair
game, but not cumulative. 25 points total. Lowest dropped.
Random in-class activities, 5 points total.
February 26, 2013 Linguistic Relativity o Different languages carve the world up in different ways, and as a result their speaker thinks about the world differently. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis Sapir: even comparatively simple acts of perception are very much
February 21, 2013
Are there cross-linguistic differences in word learning?
Also known as the word spurt, explosion, naming explosion
Lexical development starts slowly (takes a year to get to the 50 word
mark; 8-11 words acquired per
February 19th, 2013 What does a child's vocabulary look like? Task #2: Mapping the words to its referent o Words without meaning are not words o How do kids map a word to an object considering the ambiguity and complexity of the visual environment? "Gavag
February 14th, 2013
Children in the course of normal development do get things wrong, but they do so
making sounds in words similar to one another
Ex: consonant harmony: assimilation of place of articulation
February 7th, 2013
How does the phonological system develop?
produce and perceive are important parallels.
What do errors tell us about the process of acquisition?
Stages of Babbling
Reflexive Vocalizations 0-2 months
cry, cough, sneeze
determined by voc
February 5th, 2013 Language Development
o In joint-attention
English-speaking mothers (encourage looking at objects) vs.
Japanese mothers (encourage looking at people; incorporate
objects into social routines)
Thus, in English