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July 25, 2014
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Observations of children in different language areas of the world reveal that the stages are similar possibly universal.
? Some of the stages last for a short time; others remain longer.
II. Basic Issues:
The two major questions that are basic to the study of first language acquisition are
1) What do children do when they acquire their first language?
: Stages of language development
This is simply a data question: what are the facts about children?s linguistic behavior? This can be answered by careful observation and testing of children at different stages of acquisition...
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The data is obtained by watching children in a natural setting (while at play, etc) and recording their linguistic behavior. Linguists may use various experiments to test children?s linguistic skills in very controlled and specific ways.
2) What can that information tell about how human language works?
: different theories of language acquisition will attempt to explain how human language works...
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