Language Acquisition I OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Grad-Level Linguistic Theory Course by MIT

Published Feb 04, 2009

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Discover how and when a child learns language for the first time through this free OpenCourseWare provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. 'Language Acquisition I,' offered by the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department at MIT, introduces the current theory pertaining to the psychology of language.

Language Acquisition I: Course Specifics

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Language Acquisition I: Course Description

Language, a human way of communicating, is an essential characteristic of a person's life. But when does a human acquire language? At what age does a child first decipher correct and incorrect speech? Learn answers to these questions and more in the OpenCourseWare 'Language Acquisition I,' offered by MIT's Brain and Cognitive Sciences department. Professor Ken Wexler lectures on the fundamentals of language acquisition, including the prevailing data and theory concerning the biology and psychology of language acquisition. The course covers verb movement and inflection, specific language impairment, development of argument chains, binding theory and child phonologies.

This free online course offers readings, lecture notes from two lectures and downloads. If you are interested in this neuroscience and linguistics course, visit the language acquisition course page.

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