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David Kreiner

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 49: Language and Language Development

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Language and Language Development
Language and language development

It seems easy for most people to say something that comes to mind, to understand the words coming out of another person's mouth, or to read the words in a sentence like this one. We hardly even think about what our brains have to do in order to understand and produce language. However, our language abilities are so sophisticated that even the most powerful computers cannot match the language abilities of a five-year-old child. What makes it so easy for children to learn language? What is language?

The study of how we understand and produce language is an important part of modern psychology. In the years after World War II, there was a renewed interest in studying the mind. ...

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