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Language Acquisition in Humans - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find short lessons on language acquisition in humans. Our expert instructors cover topics of study including the physiology of language and speech, the process of phonation and the stages of language development. These lessons are easy to follow, self-paced and accompanied by self-assessment quizzes so you can make sure you're keeping up. The comprehensive test at the end of the chapter is also a helpful exam prep tool. These lessons are designed to assist you in achieving the following goals:
- Detail the theories and stages of language acquisition
- Outline the physiology of human speech and language
- Discuss the process of phonation
- Describe activities that can develop phonemic and phonological awareness
- Explain language development in children
- Describe the pre-linguistic and symbolic language stages of language development
- Identify the impact of oral language on reading development
- Outline patterns of writing development for children
- Discuss language use and development in adolescents and adults
1. What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages
How do non-speaking infants become vocal toddlers? Is learning language a natural event, or are we taught how to speak from those around us? Read on to discover theories on how we develop language and learn to communicate.
2. The Physiology of Human Language & Speech: Respiratory, Phonatory, & Articulatory Systems
In this lesson, we'll learn about the physical systems involved in speech. Specifically, we'll look at the systems responsible for drawing in air, creating vocal sounds, and shaping vocal sounds into specific vowel and consonant sounds.
3. The Physiology of Human Language & Speech: The Brain & Nervous System
In this lesson, learn about the role of the brain and nervous system in language and speech. We'll explore different regions of the brain, how they acquire, process, or produce language data, and the nerves we use to make speech.
4. Phonation: Definition & Process
Language production starts with the making of basic sound. In this lesson you will learn about the physical process of sound production, which is called phonation.
5. Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities
Phonics, phonemic awareness, and phonological awareness may all sound really similar, but they are all different yet important skills required for successful reading. Watch this lesson to find out about each one and how to develop them.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development
Oral language skills are fundamentally connected to the ability to learn reading. In this lesson, explore the direct links between oral language and reading development, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
9. Patterns of Writing Development for Children
How do children go from scribbling randomly on a page to writing words and sentences and paragraphs? In this lesson, we'll answer that question as we explore the seven major steps in writing development.
10. Language Development & Use in Adolescence
If you are someone who works with adolescents or has an interest in linguistic development, it can be important to understand language development. This lesson goes over some of the most important aspects of this topic.
11. Language Development & Use in Adults
We often think of language development as ending in adulthood, but actually, language continues to grow in different ways. This lesson discusses language development and use in adulthood.
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