Lanaguage Development (D)

690s-02

Introduces research on one of the fundamentally unique abilities of our species: learning language. Covers how infants and children first learn about their native language, including (1) how children figure out what sounds their language includes (2) how infants learn words and their meaning and (3) what kind of processes help babies figure out the grammar of their particular native language. Since young children understand more than they can say, the course will also cover the methods available for figuring out what kids know, based on naturalistic recordings and short in-lab experiments. Students will participate in discussion and presentation of recent research articles. Open to undergraduates and graduate students with relevant background and interests; registration requires permission of the instructor.