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1) Compare the grammar of Eve's speech with that of her mother. What elements are systematically missing from the child's speech? Give specific examples from the data.
Then look at Eve's speech in a conversation with her mother that was taped three months later.
2) What changes do you note in Eve's speech? Try to describe the 'grammatical rules' that govern her speech in each passage. What rules does she appear to have internalized? Again, give specific examples to illustrate your arguments.
3) What conclusions can we draw about the process of language learning among children?

Eve: Have that? Mother: No, you may not have it. Eve: Mom, where my tapioca? Mother: It’s getting cool. You’ll have it in just a minute. Eve: Let me have it. Mother: Would you like to have your lunch right now? Eve: Let me have it. Mother: Would you like to have your lunch right now? Eve: Yeah. My tapioca cool? Mother: Yes, it’s cool. Eve: You gonna watch me eat my lunch? Mother: Yeah, I’m gonna watch you eat your lunch. Eve: I eating it. Mothe: I know you are. Eve: It time Sara take a nap. Mother: It’s time for Sarah to have some milk, yeah. And then she’s gonna take a nap and you’re gonna take a nap. Eve: And you? Mother: And me too, yeah. 3 months later Mother: Come and sit over here. Eve: You can sit down by me. That will make me happy. Ready to turn it. Mother: We’re not quite ready to turn the page. Eve: Yep, we are. Mother: Shut the door, we won’t hear her then. Even: Then Fraser won’t hear her too. Where he’s going? Did you make a great big hold there? Mother: Yes, we made a great big hole in here; we have to get a new one. Eve: Could I get some other piece of paper? Mother: You ask Fraser. Eve: Could I use this one? Mother: I suppose so. Eve: Is Fraser goin take his pencil home when he goes? Mother: Yes, he is.
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