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Child Language Acquisition

1. Phonetics and Phonology

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Lecture

In this module, we think about how children learn to recognise the basic sounds that make up their mother tongue, focusing in particular on: (i) the extent to which any given language will make use of the complete set of phonemes available; (ii) the extent to which different languages distinguish phonemes in different ways; (iii) the traditional view of child language acquisition, articulated by Noam Chomsky in the 1960s; (iv) the three ‘ingredients’ of a consonant sound – the manner of articulation, the place of articulation, and the phonation – and children’s ability to distinguish phonemes where just one ingredient is different, e.g. /d/ and /t/; and (v) criticisms of the traditional view of child language acquisition; and (vi) the development of new theories of child language acquisition.

Course

In this course, Professor Ben Ambridge (University of Liverpool) explores childhood language acquisition. In the first module, we explore how children learn to distinguish the basic sounds (phonemes) that make up their mother tongue. In the second module, we think about how children learn new words, before turning in the third module to explore how children learn the rules of morphology – and how we can test for that understanding. In the fourth module, we think about how children learn the rules of syntax, before moving on in the fifth module to a general timeline of child language acquisition from the middle of the second trimester to five years old.

Lecturer

Professor Ben Ambridge is Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. His research focuses on children's first language acquisition, mostly using judgment and production methodologies. He is particularly interested in children's errors involving question formation (e.g., *What he doesn't like?) and verb argument structure overgeneralization errors (e.g., *The joked giggled him; *I falled over). Among many academic publications, he is also the author of the popular science book Psy-Q, Are You Smarter than a Chimpanzee? (2014).

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Ambridge, B. (2021, January 05). Child Language Acquisition - Phonetics and Phonology [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/child-language-acquisition/phonetics-and-phonology

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Ambridge, Ben. "Child Language Acquisition – Phonetics and Phonology." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 05 Jan 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/child-language-acquisition/phonetics-and-phonology