How Children Learn to Speak


  • Asfar Sadath K. Assistant Professor, Sullamussalam Science College Malappuram, Kerala, India



Children acquire language spontaneously without being explicitly taught how. Their mastery of sounds passes through stages determined by a progression from unmarked (ontologically primary) to more marked sounds, unmarked ones also being those most commonly found in languages and least likely to erode over time, as discovered by founding linguist Roman Jakobson. Their mastery of other aspects of grammar proceeds along with their ability to master rules rather than simply memorize.


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How to Cite

Sadath K., A. (2020). How Children Learn to Speak. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(5), 162–166.