lin3cld child language development




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the features of child language and how children acquire language. From infancy to primary schooling years, it examines the development of specific linguistic features and also the cognitive processes behind language acquisition. The focus is not just on first language acquisition but also considers the acquisition of additional languages and children who are multilingual from a very early age. This subject will be a useful introduction to the topic for those who are generally interested, thinking about their own child(ren)'s development or planning to work with children.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarija Tabain

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third-year for linguistics in the Bachelor of Arts

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChild language: A resource book for studentsPrescribedPeccei, J. S. 2006Routledge
ReadingsMultilingualism in the early years: Extending the limits of our world.RecommendedSmidt, S. 2016Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse linguistic productions from a range of children and recognise features of development and stages of acquisition in short exercises

Workshop participation, Online workbook
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills(Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Write a report discussing the acquisition of language in child language data, identifying particular features as evidence of analysis

Assignment 1 (1200 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills(Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills(Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills(Autonomy and independence)

03. Explore issues in detail beyond that presented in the subject and prepare a piece of writing examining issues that affect successful acquisition in children.

Assignment 2 (1600 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills(Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarija Tabain

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Online workbook (1200 words or equivalent)3001
Assignment 1 (1200 words or equivalent)3002
Assignment 2 (1600 words or equivalent)4003