Children around the world acquire their first language, spoken or signed, with seemingly little effort. By the end of their first year, they are saying their first words, and a mere two years later they are speaking in full sentences. What are the biological, cognitive, and environmental factors that play into children’s rapid language learning? What do special cases of language acquisition, such as bilingualism, disordered language development (e.g., autism, dyslexia), and sign language tell us about the human capacity to learn language? We will consider all of these questions and more. In addition, we will spend time observing children of different ages to witness language acquisition in action.
Max Enrollment: 15
Prerequisites: Two 200-level courses in PSYC (excluding PSYC 205) or LING, or permission of the instructor.
Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis; EC - Epistemology and Cognition
Typical Periods Offered: Every other year
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered