- Code LING2521
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Indigenous Australian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
One of the most remarkable properties of humans is that we acquire a very complex linguistic interactional system early in life. Along the way, children make adjustments to how they produce utterances and interpret what they hear. Understanding out how we do this takes us on a fascinating journey, visiting research highlights that speak to the core of human cognition and social interaction. What psycholinguistic processes explain an utterance such as "Nail polish me!" or "We holded the baby rabbits"? What conclusions can we draw about what is universal in language development versus what is language or culture specific? Do children always imitate their care-givers or do they bring innovations into a language? We will explore the development of language abilities from several perspectives, including unilingual and multilingual contexts, and across languages of different types, drawing on differing theoretical approaches.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- assess the level of language proficiency of young children by evaluating naturally occurring language;
- explain, and argue for, how children learn their first language in terms of phonology, morphosyntax, semantics, interaction and caregiver's input;
- critically evaluate various language acquisition theories; and
- think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from previous child language research.
- Quizzes (15 minutes each) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Major research report (4,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final exam (2 hours) (40) [LO 2,3,4]
- Class participation and discussion (10) [LO 2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
N/A Minor Amendments Only
Students will be given a full reading list at the beginning of the semester.
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