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The Studies of Child Language AcquisitionWhat problems has the study of child language acquisition posed for researchers in the past? How have the different

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The Studies of Child Language Acquisition

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By Kim Lucas

Lng2003 Child Language Acquisition

Kim Lucas 1

The Studies of Child Language Acquisition

What problems has the study of child language acquisition posed for researchers in the past? How have the different methods of study used tried to overcome these problems?

Around one hundred years ago the generic field of child development acclaimed much interest. This interest ignited the desire for those involved, and for the first time in the history of child development, studies were undertaken. The aim of such studies was to ascertain the general development of children. One area in which studies took place was that of child language acquisition. Linguists strived to identify basic milestones within a child's linguistic development; this would set a benchmark within language acquisition and also for further studies. Such studies could also help to identify possible childhood speech difficulties at the earliest possible stage. There were three major periods of child language studies each with their own set of methodologies and theoretical orientation. The primary period was that of diary studies which were prominent from around 1870 until approximately 1926. Although

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