Over the first years of life, children rapidly discover the speech sounds of their language, build a rich vocabulary, map complex meanings to words and uncover the rules of grammar. How do children accomplish these amazing feats? Is baby talk harmful or helpful in learning language? Is learning two or more languages good or bad for your child?
Learn how language scientists from Macquarie University’s Child Language Lab solve the puzzles of language learning. Take part in interactive demonstrations and games and hear a short talk about recent research highlights regarding how children acquire sounds, words, and grammar in their first or second language.
Short introduction at 2.30pm.
Interactive demonstrations and games from 2.45pm–4pm.