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For those interested in the process of coming to language
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First-language research on the mora, the unit of prosody used in Japanese, plus claims that phonological acquisition is a matter of statistical learning.

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One learner's experience of language acquisition, emphasising experiences that encourage subconscious, or indirect, development.

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Linguists answer some common questions on child language acquisition.
Up next on the Ask-A-Linguist blog series: Child Language Acquisition. Learn about how children learn to process words and sentences and even what they do when there is more than one wug.

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2016 interview with Stephen Krashen, best-known for his "five hypotheses" of language acquisition. (Krashen's main claim, and the most controversial, is that 'learning' does not become 'acquisition', e.g. conscious monitoring of language use or study of grammar rules ultimately only affect deliberate performance and not true understanding and use.)

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A proportional map of the world's native languages (not how widely they are used).

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Despite advances in machine translation, voice recognition and so on, computers don't fundamentally understand language. This non-technical articles reviews progress so far.

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Very interesting 2016 documentary on early reading, filmed in a British inner-city school. It's on iPlayer at the moment as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07jlzb7/b-is-for-book

There's lots of footage of kids being put through phonics: sounding out words, nonsense words, things like that. There's also a bilingual Portuguese-English child (who replies in English to her parents) and identical twins, one of whom gets on with phonics well while the other finds it terribly boring.

The children mostly seem to engage with the reading once actual stories are introduced. Prior to that, there's a lot of drilling of the supposed sounds.

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Interesting interview with Durham University researcher Charles Fernyhough, based on the work if the socio-culturalist Lev Vygotsky, about thinking in language. The research is from an 'externalist' perspective, ie it assumes that language arises from social interaction and that 'inner speech' is derived from that.

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Much of what is written in the media about language is actually churned out by "pseudo-linguists" rather than actual researchers in linguistics. This post offers help in sorting the wheat from the chaff.
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