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9: Language Acquisition

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    199991
    • Catherine Anderson, Bronwyn Bjorkman, Derek Denis, Julianne Doner, Margaret Grant, Nathan Sanders, and Ai Taniguchi
    • eCampusOntario

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    Learning Objectives

    When you’ve completed this chapter, you’ll be able to:

    • Identify children’s typical language development milestones.
    • Interpret data from various experimental methods to draw conclusions about children’s mental grammar.
    • Explain how development in signed language parallels that of spoken language in an accessible language environment.
    • Discuss some of the benefits of acquiring more than one language.

    This chapter looks at how children develop the various components of mental grammar: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. As we’ll see, children’s minds are equipped to acquire grammar very quickly as long as they have other language users to observe.


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