Language is complex and rich, and the ability to acquire it is nothing short of remarkable. In an attempt to help explain how learners manage to do so, researchers have looked to the speech we hear,…
The world is an incredibly complicated place when it comes to learning your first words. Imagine a toddler playing with a toy duck, a toy rabbit, and a brand new, orange toy with a very long neck. The
How children learn verbs is one of the trickiest conundrums facing researchers in language acquisition. Nouns are easy: it’s not surprising that the first object names babies learn are for the objects
Elizabeth Kirk, University of York What if babies could tell us what they want, before they start crying for it? Bring in baby signing, a system of symbolic hand gestures for key works such as “milk”,
We know that the way in which words are presented will affect how children learn them. Some words refer to amazing and exciting things (chocolate, birthday, santa!!), but some refer to things that we
Amy Bidgood was awarded a LuCiD travel grant to visit the ANU Language Lab in Canberra and work with experts conducting research on children's play. She describes her experiences in this blog.