Morphological acquisition and constructed languages

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  • Morphological acquisition & constructed languages
    • Acquisition of morphology
      • Grammatical morphemes are learnt at different times and can be variable, there are patterns which they're learnt.
        • Wug Test 1958 by Jean Gleason to see how kids acquire the language skill of plurals and inflectional morphemes.
          • Children sometimes apply rules where they aren't required. e.g. go -ed, went-ed, see-ed.
            • The learning curve suggests that kids use the correct form then make errors then learn to use the correct form again
      • Additive & deconstructieprocesses
        • Additive- Child starts out with uninflected stem and learns to add morphological markers
        • Deconstruct.- child start with complex morphological forms and only analyse internal structure much later.
    • Constructed languages
      • Lingua Franca is a language for people that don't share a common lanuage
        • VOLAPUK was a language created by a German priest. Vocab came from English, German and French.
          • As it developed, speakers wanted to introduce changes in spelling and tense system
        • ESPERANTO- Created in 1887 in hopes that it would break social barriers
          • Was used for international comm. It is an agglutinative language. Creator encouraged suggestions on the develop.
          • It is a constructed language as it was created for a particular purpose.
            • It is used today, the most widely used international auxiliary lang.
              • 1,000 native speakers, 10,000 can speak fluently, 1 million can understand.
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