12 – Babies and First Language Acquisition – Tamar Keren-Portnoy pt1
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Once again, I got lost in the labyrinthian corridors of the University of York Language & Linguistic Science department, this time to speak to Tamar Keren-Portnoy about first language acquisition. There’s a lot of similarities between how we learn our first language and how we acquire our second language, so it’s a useful topic for ESL / EFL / second language teachers.
She gives us insights into such things as how babies develop syntax/grammar norms, why they learn some words earlier than others, how babies are not simply mimicking their caretakers and, through her own research with Rory DePaolis & Marilyn Vihman, how babies learn through listening and the sounds they themselves make.
You may remember Marilyn Vihman from episode 9 of MOT.
Later in the year, I’ll release a mini-episode about the developmental stages of babies.
Marilyn Vihman Interview on MOT
“Travel Broadens the Mind” – Campos et al (2000)
Key words: baby, babies, acquisition, teaching, learning, babbling, language, babbling, cooing,
4 thoughts on “12 – Babies and First Language Acquisition – Tamar Keren-Portnoy pt1”
August 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm
Thanks for a useful topic that I am interested in thesedays.
August 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm
It’s one of those topics that, the more you find out, the more interesting it becomes!
August 5, 2018 at 3:54 am
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September 1, 2018 at 2:06 am
This is a very good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Simple but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
A must read article!