Nina Feygl Semushina, University of Chicago

Seminar: Ling A (also Cog/A): Language Acquisition

Nina Feygl Semushina (University of Chicago)

Language acquisition.

In this class, we will be discussing first and second language acquisition, the universal patterns and language- or modality-specific phenomena, sociolinguistic factors influencing language acquisition, and difficulties we encounter when acquiring our first or second language. Come for the cute viral videos about babies, and stay for the exciting phenomena that they actually illustrate!


  1.  Learning building blocks (sounds, movement, handshapes)
  2.  Vocabulary development
  3.  Syntax: putting words together
  4. Second Language Acquisition: how is it different?
  5. Atypical cases of language development: language deprivation & language disorders.