Children's acquisition of sociolinguistic variation

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Abstract

This paper provides a review of past research on children's acquisition of sociolinguistic variation and the impact that variable input has on the acquisition of grammatical morphology. I describe findings from both corpus studies and experimental studies, focusing primarily on the acquisition of variably produced plural morphology and subject-verb agreement. I make two predictions: (i) variable input impacts the time course of acquisition, such that variably produced morphology takes longer to acquire than non-variably produced morphology. And, (ii) variable input does not impact patterns of acquisition. Regardless of input-type, children pass through the same developmental linguistic stages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThree Streams of Generative Language Acquisition Research
EditorsTania Ionin, Matthew Rispoli
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages35-58
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789027202246
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Publication series

NameLanguage Acquisition and Language Disorders
Volume63
ISSN (Print)0925-0123

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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    Miller, K. (2019). Children's acquisition of sociolinguistic variation. In T. Ionin, & M. Rispoli (Eds.), Three Streams of Generative Language Acquisition Research (pp. 35-58). (Language Acquisition and Language Disorders; Vol. 63). John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/lald.63.03mil