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Language acquisition: Wealth of data, dearth of theory

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.003.0010
Language acquisition: Wealth of data, dearth of theory

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This chapter explores research conducted in the twentieth century on language acquisition. It introduces Clara and William Stern, who helped set the scene of language acquisition research during the twentieth century. It then looks at developmental psycholinguists. The chapter also studies vocabulary, syntax, utterance complexity, the early acquisition of speech sounds, and child bilingualism, which were the prominent topics on language acquisition research during the twentieth century.

Keywords: language acquisition; twentieth-century research; Clara Stern; William Stern; developmental psycholinguists; vocabulary; syntax; utterance complexity; speech sounds; child bilingualism

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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