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Development of Child Language and its Relation to Cognitive Development

Auther : D. Abdo

Child language development depends to a great e on the child’s cognitive development. The child learns at each stage the vocabulary and language structures that his cognitive development allows him to learn. Concrete nouns, for instance, are acquired before abstract ones. Color and shape terms are not learned properly until the child is 2-3 years old. Vocabulary items related to the concept of place (e.g. here, there, under, behind) are acquired before those related to the concept of time (e.g. yesterday. tomorrow, before, after). An intransitive verb (e.g. sleep, know) is acquired before its corresponding transitive verb (e.g. put to sleep, inform). An adjective (e.g. small, beautiful) is acquired before its corresponding comparative (smaller, more beautiful).

Cognitive complexity is often reflected in structural complexity. The dual, for example, is structurally more complex than the plural, and both are structurally more complex than the singular. Transitive verbs are structurally more complex than their corresponding transitive ones etc.

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