How Children Learn Language

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How children learn language

(1)
Age: 2 years old
Child utterance: My bed
What's wrong here: it's not a sentence.
He should say" That is my bed."
Why did the child said that? He said that because around 2 years children begin to produce two and three word utterances (telegraphic speech).

(2)
(Age): 3 years old. Me drawed a cat Child utterance:
What's wrong here: he applied –ed suffix rule but it gets wrong. Why did the child said that? he said that because around 3 years children can elaborate anything but they can't apply the grammar rules correctly.

(3)
(Age): 3 years old. Me played with Sarah and Helen. Child utterance:
What's wrong here: wrong pronoun.
He should say: I played with Sara and Helen.
Why did the child said that?: he said that because around 3 years children can elaborate anything but the using of the pronouns sometimes make confusion for them.

(4 )
(Age): 2 years old. daddy car. Child utterance:
What's wrong here: it's not a sentence.
He should say: That is my daddy car.
Why did the child said that? In the holophrastic stage children put the equivalent of a whole sentence into a single word.

(5)
(Age): 4 years old. Child utterance: Daddy is sleeping? What's wrong here: it's not a question .

He should say: Is daddy sleeping?
Why did the child said that? In the stage children put 3 or 4 words together ,their sentences become much long but most of them don't know how to form a question.

(6)
(Age): 3½ years old. Child utterance: Him gave cheese to the mouses. What's wrong here: he applied –ed suffix rule but he didn't apply the irregular plural form. He should say: He gave cheese to the mice.

Why did the child said that? In this stage children are sorting out their grammar but they need more practice to learn the irregular form of nouns.

(7)
(Age): 1years old. Allgone! Child utterance:
What's wrong here: Not a sentence.
He should say: The milk is all gone.
Why did the child said that?: he said that because in this stage most children of around 12-18 months go through this stage, known as the holophrastic stage as they put the equivalent of a whole sentence into a single word.

(8)
(Age): 4 years old. Please, may, can I have sweets? Child utterance:
What's wrong here: Duplicating modal verbs.
He should say: Can I have some sweets?
Why did the child said that?: he said that because he didn't recognize how to form a question.

(10)
(Age): 3 years old. I would like to be an astra-, astra. Child utterance:
What's wrong here: He didn't say astronaut correctly.
He should say: I would like to be an astronaut.
Why did the child said that?: he said that because in this stage children can use conditional tense but they are trying to pronounce difficult words correctly.

(11)
(Age): 2½years old. Can he can look? Child utterance:
What's wrong here: he used can two times.
He should say: Can he can look?
Why did the...
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