Language acquisition and the diary explosion

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742040 | DOI:
Language acquisition and the diary explosion

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This chapter shows how children acquire language, a topic which was discussed in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Émile. It pinpoints some of the major issues on the agenda of language acquisition research and notes that the study of child language had slowly become an empirical enterprise. It takes a look at the ideas of the international community of researchers on language acquisition, and shows that diary acquisition data helped to provide theoretical explanations and to discover the general trends in the acquisition of vocabulary, speech sounds, morphology, and syntax.

Keywords: language acquisition; child language; diary acquisition data; general trends; vocabulary; speech sounds; morphology; syntax

Chapter.  15669 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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