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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Language acquisition - AAA500146
Title: Language acquisition
Guaranteed by: Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology (21-UAJD)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/2 C [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / 15 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Luca Cilibrasi, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Luca Cilibrasi, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: PhDr. Gabriela Brůhová, Ph.D. (23.01.2019)
The course aims at introducing the processes involved in language acquisition. The processes are described from the early pre-verbal stages until puberty. Bilingualism and second language acquisition are also discussed, as well as developmental language disorders (dyslexia and specific language impairment).

Literature -
Last update: PhDr. Gabriela Brůhová, Ph.D. (23.01.2019)

Guasti, M. T. (2017). Language acquisition: The growth of grammar. MIT press.

Specific papers will also be provided during the course. 

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: PhDr. Gabriela Brůhová, Ph.D. (23.01.2019)

Students will be assessed with a midterm test (taking place in week 7), with an oral presentation on one of the topics discussed in the course (taking place in the weeks following the midterm) and with a final written test (the test will take place in the last week, week 13). The total length of the course is 13 weeks (13 interactive lectures of 90 minutes). 



Syllabus -
Last update: PhDr. Gabriela Brůhová, Ph.D. (23.01.2019)

week 1. The logical problem of language acquisition (CH1) 

week 2. Learning the phonemic contrasts of the native language (CH2)

week 3. Categorical perception and why it matters (PDF provided)

week 4. Acquisition of the lexicon (CH3)

week 5. The emergence of syntax (CH4)

week 6. Acquisition of passive and complex structures (CH7)

week 7. Midterm exam 

week 8. Language and other cognitive abilities (CH11)

week 9. The bilingual child (PDF provided)

week 10. Second language acquisition in adult age (PDF provided)

week 11. Developmental language impairment (CH11)

week 12. Dyslexia (CH11)

week 13. Final exam 




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