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Individual Differences in First Language Acquisition

Kidd, Evan; Donnelly, Seamus

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Humans vary in almost every dimension imaginable, and language is no exception. In this article, we review the past research that has focused on individual differences (IDs) in first language acquisition. We first consider how different theoretical traditions in language acquisition treat IDs, and we argue that a focus on IDs is important given its potential to reveal the developmental dynamics and architectural constraints of the linguistic system. We then review IDs research that has examined...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKidd, Evan
dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, Seamus
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-10T22:54:28Z
dc.identifier.issn2333-9691
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/219253
dc.description.abstractHumans vary in almost every dimension imaginable, and language is no exception. In this article, we review the past research that has focused on individual differences (IDs) in first language acquisition. We first consider how different theoretical traditions in language acquisition treat IDs, and we argue that a focus on IDs is important given its potential to reveal the developmental dynamics and architectural constraints of the linguistic system. We then review IDs research that has examined variation in children's linguistic input, early speech perception, and vocabulary and grammatical development. In each case, we observe systematic and meaningful variation, such that variation in one domain (e.g., early auditory and speech processing) has meaningful developmental consequences for development in higher-order domains (e.g., vocabulary). The research suggests a high degree of integration across the linguistic system, in which development across multiple linguistic domains is tightly coupled.
dc.description.sponsorshipPreparation of this manuscript was supported by the Australian Research Council (CE140100041).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAnnual Reviews Inc
dc.rights© 2020 by Annual Reviews.
dc.sourceAnnual Review of Linguistics
dc.subjectindividual differences
dc.subjectfirst language acquisition
dc.subjectinput
dc.subjectspeech
dc.subjectvocabulary
dc.subjectgrammar
dc.titleIndividual Differences in First Language Acquisition
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume6
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor170102 - Developmental Psychology and Ageing
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB10891
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.annualreviews.org/journal/linguistics
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKidd, Evan, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDonnelly, Seamus, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/CE140100041
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage319
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage340
local.identifier.doi10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011619-030326
local.identifier.absseo970120 - Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture
dc.date.updated2020-11-02T04:16:44Z
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