This module introduces the field of language acquisition research, including language acquisition research methods, data, and theory. The module focuses on child first language acquisition of phonology and syntax, but covers at least one additional area of language acquisition, such as adult second language acquisition or child bilingualism.
Module will run
Autumn Term 2022-23
The module provides
an overview of child first language acquisition, focusing on phonology and syntax
an introduction to related topics including some (but not necessarily all) of the following: adult second language acquisition, child bilingualism, language development in special populations
an introduction to theories of language acquisition
an introduction to methods of investigation language acquisition
Module learning outcomes
Students should acquire:
a basic understanding of the typical sequence of child language development in the areas of phonology and syntax;
a basic understanding of key issues in language acquisition in at least one related area. This may include adult second language acquisition, child bilingualism, and/or language acquisition in special populations, and may vary from year to year;
knowledge of the techniques used in studying language development;
an awareness of the relationship between languages acquisition data and general issues of linguistic competence/performance and cognition in general;
an awareness of the role of linguistic theory in developing accounts of language acquisition.
Academic and graduate skills
Students will practise the following skills during this module: academic writing, analytic reasoning, understanding experiment design, reading and interpreting statistical data.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework short essays : Other
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Re-Assessment short essays : Other
Feedback on formative work is provided within two weeks of submission.
Feedback on summative work is provided within six weeks of submission.
Readings to be assigned at the start of the module.