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Ch 2: Child Language Development

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Explore child language development concepts using our engaging video lessons. Review info on the nativist theory of language development and the work of Noam Chomsky as you're going through this chapter.

Child Language Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter breaks down the various effects that environment and culture have on a child's language development. Another lesson in the chapter looks at the significance of dialect and accent. Explore these additional topics to further brush up on child language development:

  • The stages of language development
  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Major written languages of the world
  • Pronunciation and articulation in public speaking
  • Activities for emergent reading

After you watch a video lesson on any of these topics, you can quickly rewatch the main points by using the timeline's jump feature. Another convenience is being able to watch these video lessons on a variety of different mobile devices, according to your preference. Follow your viewing of the lessons across the chapter with a practice quiz to confirm your familiarity with each topic.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Child Language Development
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Linguistics: Language Development in Children

1. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

How does a baby's babble turn into intelligible speech? Are there underlining innate traits that drive language development in children? Or is it the social interaction with others that encourages language development? This lesson will explore these questions and discuss how aspects of language change over time.

The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

2. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development

Both environmental and cultural factors have an impact on early language development. This lesson will provide examples to consider and discuss possible reasons for this impact.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

3. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

4. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

In this lesson, learn how we develop language according to the nativist perspective. Discover Noam Chomsky's idea of the language acquisition device (LAD) and its role in this process.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

5. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

6. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

7. The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

In this lesson, we explore how written language is expressed in different areas of the world. You'll see examples of other languages that operate with their own characteristics to document information important to that culture.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

8. Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

The speaker's culture and habits often have much to do with the vocal traits of a speech. Thus, punctuation, articulation and dialect are three very personal aspects of speech delivery.

What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

9. What Is Descriptive Linguistics? - Purpose & Process

This lesson will seek to explain the field of descriptive linguistics. In doing so, it will highlight the terms phonology, morphology, and syntax while discussing examples from around the globe.

Activities with a Role in Emergent Reading

10. Activities with a Role in Emergent Reading

Learning to read can be a difficult journey for many. As experienced readers, there are things we can do to help them on their way. This lesson discusses the emergent reading strategies of lap reading, shared reading, and guided reading.

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