In the course LIN 103, Language Acquisition, you have learned that children’s phonological development (or learning the sounds of their native language), semantic development (or acquiring new words and meanings), and grammatical and syntactic development (or putting words together in accurate sentences) are really distinct and unique. Children learn these three linguistic aspects or processes differently. Sometimes children need help from parents and educators, but many times they do not; children can learn by themselves as long as certain environmental conditions are met. In a summary (of 225-250 words maximum), describe how children all over the world learn the sounds of their native language, acquire new vocabulary words and meanings, and form correct sentences. Which of these linguistic aspects can children learn by themselves? How do they do so? Which of these linguistic aspects will never be acquired unless children receive parental (or caregivers’) input and clarification? Be as clear and specific as you can in your explanations.
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