LING 580: First Language Acquisition

LING 580-DL1: First Language Acquisition
(Fall 2020)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M


Section Information for Fall 2020

This course explores two questions: How do children learn language? And how can we tell?

In a few short years, cooing, wailing infants become kindergartners who can excitedly tell you about their latest adventure at the park. What do they need to learn to make that transition, what tools do they use to do it, and when have they acquired different parts of the puzzle? 

It’s not easy to answer those questions, though! Toddlers aren’t very good at explaining what went wrong when they misinterpreted your instructions, and infants can’t tell you whether they recognize a phoneme. Instead researchers use a variety of creative methods to explore children’s knowledge.

In this project-based course, students study a range of theories and findings in the field of language acquisition, and design and conduct their own original research project. The course typically culminates with students presenting their research in a public poster session. Presentations this year will be online.

LING 580 DL1 is a distance education section that meets synchronously. Students should expect to be online during the days and times scheduled.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines first language acquisition from a linguistic perspective. Covers the development of a first phonology, syntax, and semantics. Methodology in studying child language is discussed. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: LING 520 or one of the following: LING 690, 786, 785 or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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