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Ch 7: Principles of Language Acquisition

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Gain full comprehension of the principles of language acquisition as you study for an upcoming test. This chapter's video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes make it easy to boost your knowledge of this subject area in a short period of time.

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

All lessons in this chapter are available as entertaining videos that average about 8 minutes each and full transcripts you can use to study the principles of language acquisition in an engaging text format. View these lessons anytime and from any device with an Internet connection. When ready, check your comprehension of concepts presented in this chapter by taking mini quizzes and a practice exam. Get answers to any lesson topic questions you have by submitting them to our knowledgeable experts.

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: Principles of Language Acquisition
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What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

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.

Historical & Social Influences on Language Acquisition & Development

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.

Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation

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.

Language Skills in Children: Development, Definition & Types

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.

Chomsky's Language Acquisition Device: Definition & Explanation

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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