trying to work through an art block. as you can see, i’m pretty fixated on keith after s3, esp. that sword-throwin bit haha (i rly want to successfully execute the dynamic shot,,, so it’s practice, practice, practice for me,,,)
welcome to this edition of things I know entirely too much about, first language acquisition edition
little babies hear fine differences like between “ba” and “pa” but if those sounds don’t make a difference in their first language they will lose the ability to distinguish between them
grammatical morphemes (like third person -s in English) are acquired in a similar order by all babies, but at different speeds
the progressive “-ing” in English for example is acquired very early one whereas third person -s comes in surprisingly late
second language learners actually imitate this sequence quite closely (if one lets them and the teacher refrains from shouting at them every time the third person -s is omitted, that is - but lets talk about that another time)
THE WUG TEST - it proves that babies don’t just memorize words and word pairs (such as the plurals of words) they actually understand the rules behind it and can apply them!! if any of you have kids up to like 5 years, try it with them!!
a three year old can tell you that “read the bike” sounds silly and doesn’t make sense but isn’t so sure about “bike the ride” yet
yES all of this acquisition order stuff also applies to sign language!!
babies and children cannot learn a language just from hearing it on the radio/tv etc. they need to have direct interaction (i.e. someone who reacts to their utterances)