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How do children learn to talk


  • When? 06 June 2022 , 6.30pm
  • Where? University Centre Telford, Telford, UK

There is no doubt that children’s apparently natural ability to learn to speak their mother tongue (or any language) is a fascinating feat of mental agility. But how do children manage to learn language so effortlessly? Do they imitate what they hear? Are they pre-programmed to learn to speak? How important is it for children to interact with their environment and with other people? Senior Lecturer Judith Hamilton from the University of Wolverhampton will chart the different theories that have been proposed about child language acquisition and will incorporate studies on so-called ‘feral children’, along with the theories of Skinner and Chomsky among others.

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