Language acquisition

Course Code :2017FLWTLN
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Steven Gillis

3. Course contents *

 

How do children acquire their native language? This course focuses on two central questions: (i) what are the universal features of native language acquisition? And (ii) How is Dutch as a native language aquired?


A systematic chronological overview of the acquisition of Dutch as a native language is proposed: milestones in the acquistion process are discussed from the prelingual period onwards. The acquisition of various components of grammar are discussed in more detail: phonology, morpho-syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Both descriptive and explanatory aspects of native language acquisition are presented, including different viewpoints with respect to language-specificity and universality.

This course also focuses on language acquisition in atypically developing populations such as hearing impaired children.