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By: Cecilia M. Shore

In: Individual Differences in Language Development

Chapter 2: Characterizing the Nature of the Differences

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Characterizing the Nature of the Differences
Characterizing the nature of the differences

There are differences in the way that children pursue each of the major areas of language aquisition: lexical/vocabulary development, grammatical development, phonological development, and pragmatic development. To get a sense of the differences that exist among children, it might be helpful to examine two very clear cases of some of the distinctions that have been observed. It is very important to remember that, of course, not all children will show such marked stylistic tendencies.

Some “Classic” Cases

A very characteristic example of one approach is Julia, described in Bates et al. (1988). When Julia was 13 months of age, she understood nearly 100 words and said 34. Nearly 80% of Julia's first words were nouns. Julia ...

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