Survey of Childrens Language Development

SPHS-S333

Course Description

3 Credits

How do children acquire language? When do they learn to talk? How can a child who can't even tie her own shoes master a system as complex as the English language? This course will provide an introduction to the major theories and research that are fundamental to answering these questions. Consideration will be given to the biological underpinnings of language, the role the physical and social world plays in shaping childrens early predispositions, and the importance of emerging perceptual and cognitive skills in both normal and atypically developing children.