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How Children Learn Language

Children learn language in stages, like taking small steps.

Is there is a certain specific pattern of language development that all children follow regardless of external circumstances?

Is the process the same or different for children from different cultures?

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Children's language development moves from simple to complex. Infants start without language but as they grow , usually beginning at age 4 months babies can read lips and discriminate speech sounds. Normally they then start to babble.

Generally language begins as a recall of simple words spoken randomly. As children grow, words develop meaning with connections between words being formed. As people get older, new meanings and associations are created and vocbulary increases as more words are learned.

Infants use their bodies, cry and make sounds to express their ...

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The following solution discusses the stages of language development in children. It also discusses how the process can be different for children of different cultures.