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Psychology (PSYCH)

PSYCH 427 (LING 446) L1 Acquisition (3) How children learn their first language; psycholinguistic aspects of lexical, syntactic, semantic, and phonological development.

PSYCH 427 (LING 446) L1 Acquisition (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course focuses on how children learn their first language from the theoretical perspectives of imitation theories, social construction theories, and innateness theories. In addition, the course covers the various stages of language acquisition including phonological (sound system), morphological (word meaning), syntactical (grammar) and semantic (meaning) development from birth to adulthood. Other related subfields covered in the course include the acquisition of Pidgin and Creole languages, bilingual and multilingual acquisition, and language acquisition and linguistic change.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: LING 100 orPSYCH 002 or permission of program

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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