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There are between 4,000 and 6,000 languages remaining in the world and the characteristics of these languages vary widely. How could an infant born today master any language in the world, regardless of the language's characteristics?
Chapter 4: Grammatical Development
[Page 88]By the time most children are between 3 and 4 years of age, they are producing complex sentences. Their sentences contain grammatical morphemes, such as function words (e.g., the, was, and and) and suffixes (e.g., plural -s, past tense -ed). Some of their sentences will even contain multiple clauses (e.g., I like cookies and I like swimming). During this time, most parents are quite busy, keeping up with their toddlers, making sure that they are getting good nutrition, making sure that the their clothes are still fitting well, and making sure that they keep out of harm's way. Parents are so busy that they may not even notice changes in the toddler's grammatical development. Despite the popular notion that parents ...