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Principles of Language Acquisition - Chapter Summary
If you need help understanding the principles of language acquisition, this short chapter can help! Watch short videos to improve your comprehension of influences on language acquisition, the basics of sociolinguistics, language skill development in children and more. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Discuss the theories and stages of language acquisition
- List social and historical influences on language development and acquisition
- Define sociolinguistics
- Explain the development and types of language skills in children
- Describe Chomsky's language acquisition device
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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. Historical & Social Influences on Language Acquisition & Development
It's pretty amazing that children are able to learn language so quickly without prior knowledge. How we acquire and develop language is something that fascinates researchers, and in this lesson we will examine some of the influences on this process.
3. Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation
This lesson will seek to explain the study of sociolinguistics and the concept of ethnography. It will highlight the variations that region, class, relationship, and gender cause in language.
4. Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types
The development of language skills in young children is a multi-step process that is both fascinating and complex. Learn how language skills are formed, important milestones for language development and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
5. Chomsky's Language Acquisition Device: Definition & Explanation
Learn how it is that children learn to speak so rapidly and have an innate understanding of the rules of grammar and language. A short quiz follows to test your skills.
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