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Child Language Acquisition

Beginnings of Language Development

Before Birth:
Possible that language acquisition begins in the womb.
French research, Mehler et al.
Babies as young as for days could distinguish French.
They learn rhythm and intonation.

<2 Months
Crying: Vegetative Noises
Used to represent a need for something.
Research found…

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Child Language Acquisition

Increase in grammatically complex combinations.
Most used pronoun: Me.
Little inflection.
Little pragmatic understanding.
Rarely read/write.


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