SPEC 7107X Advanced Language Acquisition

45 hours (plus conference or independent work); 3 credits

Study of typically developing children?s language systems; contemporary models and key issues in language development; the nature of language and its components; models and theories of language acquisition; neurodevelopmental, biological, cognitive, and social-emotional foundations of language development during the pre-linguistic period; morphosyntactic, semantic, and pragmatic development during the preschool years and early school-years; analysis of language and narrative samples; bilingual and second language acquisition; individual and cultural variations in language development.



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