Aspects of Language Acquisition

Developmental Strategies
  • Harold Chipman


It is usually thought that learning a first language is something “natural” and that it should therefore present no particular difficulty to the young child, save perhaps in its phonetic component. Language is also thought by most adults to be a logically structured and moreor-less simple system for the expression of one’s ideas. And since within the first five years of life, children become pretty fluent and sometimes seemingly flawless speakers, it may seem surprising that, when they get to school, they are obliged to spend so much time learning the structure of their language.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold Chipman
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  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and the Educational SciencesUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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