-This is the acquisition of the rules of language. Where children learn:
-The order of words in sentences (subject,verb,object)
-How to ask questions
-Infinitive verb, to be
Holophrastic/One word stage:
-Single word utterances are produced and they function as phrases or sentences. For example Gone, bye-bye, more, Dada, teddy
-Longer utterances are sometimes produced but are used as single units eg. Allgone
-This stage occurs at 12-18 months
-These single word utterance can be used as sentences due to the intonation as it can be used as an interrogative, imperative or declarative.
The two-word stage:
-This occurs between 18-24 months
- By the age of 2 a variety of combinations of words appears eg mummy eat, baby chair, cat bad.
-The adult behaves as if communication is taking place between parent and child.
-During this stage children begin to use some inflections but the usage is not correct for several months.
-Question appear during this stage.
-At the end of this stage the first negative words emerge
-In 1976 Roger Brown studied two-word sentence from children. He found that at the two-word stage the vast majority of childrens utterance expressed the same basic set of meanings. Here are some examples: