Learning your language, outside-in and inside-out

Stephen A. Hockema, Linda B. Smith
2009 Linguistics  
Children learn how to learn language, and they get better as they go along. This article presents an overview of research inspired by a dynamic systems view of language learning that shows it to be a self-organizing process in which children create the units they need from the regularities present in the environment in which they are situated. . . . the child knows vastly more than experience has provided. That is true even of simple words. The words are understood in delicate and intricate
more » ... e and intricate ways that are far From this point of view, the scientist's task is to characterize what matters, identifying the most important factors through di¤erent stages. In the case of language, these factors will necessarily include social and contextual factors, facts about the child's changing abilities at di¤erent ages, facts about perception and cognition in general (e.g., short-term memory Learning your language, outside-in and inside-out 455
doi:10.1515/ling.2009.016 fatcat:omjrp477wfc55bahuf22yib3sa