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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.|
1. 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.
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.
3. 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.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 103: Human Growth and Development course
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- Research Methods and the Study of Human Growth and Development
- Genetic Influences on Development
- Biological Development
- Sensory and Perceptual Development
- Cognition and Cognitive Development
- Creativity and Intelligence Development
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- Social Relationship Development
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