PREREQUISITES: LING-UA1 OR LING-UA 3.
First language acquisition is a multifaceted, robust phenomenon in our species that proceeds over many years of early life and provides an ultra-rich testing ground for psychological, social-communicative, and linguistic theories. We will focus on linguistic development from birth through to early school age, looking at monolingual, bilingual, and atypical (e.g., autistic, Specific Language Impairment) populations. In the first half of the course we will focus on development in individual linguistic domains: phonology, vocabulary, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. In the latter half of the course, we will probe deeper into theoretical and experimental approaches to language acquisition, with a focus on primary literature and active debates in the field.