Human Language Development

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Human Language Development

<p>Typically human beings will be able to use one or more language from a very early age. How do children learn language so quickly and efficiently? Is it ‘learnt’ or ‘acquired’? What is the

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Typically human beings will be able to use one or more language from a very early age. How do children learn language so quickly and efficiently? Is it ‘learnt’ or ‘acquired’? What is the relationship between phylogenetic development (human language per se) and ontogenetic development (individual language development)? From the behaviourist theories of BF Skinner to the innate hypothesis of Noam Chomsky and more current social and cognitive theories of Eve Clark and others, we will examine the processes involved in becoming a speaking (or signing) human immersed in a world of language from the cradle onward.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Give dimension and definition to the multiplicity of skills involved in becoming a competent speaker of a language.
  • Provide a framework for the stages of development in a typically developing human child.
  • Explore the interaction of other developmental trajectories – cognitive, motor skills, social skills etc..
  • Consider other aspects of language acquisition from reading and writing to bilingual acquisition of a second language.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Define the range of abilities involved in using language.
  2. Cite the important milestones and stages of development in a child’s acquisition of language.
  3. Understand the relationship between the development of language and the contiguous development of other skills.
  4. Understand various important theoretical stances about the human language faculty.