Ch 8: Language Development

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Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of language development. Study various related concepts, such as the stages of development and the nativist perspective. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Language Development - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Have you ever been around a child who is learning to speak? For a parent, it is a joyous time because your child is learning to communicate. You no longer have to guess what they want because they will tell you. Of course, their words aren't always pronounced correctly, but we tend to understand them anyway. This is an example of language development. This chapter will cover ideas related to language development, like how babies develop their ability to speak and understand their native language. You will study concepts that cover the stages of language development at all ages and factors that influence language development, like the environment a person is in. You'll also learn how language incorporates things beyond actual spoken words, such as gestures, crying and body language. Some of the concepts covered in this chapter include:

  • Language development from infancy to adulthood
  • Specific stages of the development of language
  • How culture and environment influence language
  • How language develops according to the nativist perspective

Stages of Language Development Discover the different stages of language development that occur throughout a person's lifetime.
External Influences on Language Development Analyze common influences on language development that are found in a person's environment and culture.
The Nativist Perspective Explore the nativist perspective of language development.

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