LING 2101 Language Acquisition (1)

Pre-requisites: LING 1001, LING 1002 and LING 1005


This course is designed to enable students to comprehend the natural processes of primary language acquisition in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual situations. It examines theories of language acquisition as they have developed throughout the 20th century, and measures these against experimental and naturalistic findings in this burgeoning field. It examines the contribution of neurolinguistic findings to the field. It investigates the major current issues in language acquisition research, specifically the roles of the first language(s), environmental, social-psychological, and neurological factors. Language acquisition is distinguished from language learning, which is studied later in other courses such as LING 3101.

Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week

Assessment: 40% in-course assessment, 60% final examination

Basic Reading List

Stillwell Peccei, Jean. Child Language: A Resource Book for Students. London: Routledge, 2006.

More Information

The top student in this course plus LING 3101 is awarded the Departmental Prize for Applied Linguistics. See Academic Prizes.