Emerging linguistic functions in early infancy  

Lacerda, F., Klintfors, E., Gustavsson, L., Marklund, E. & Sundberg, U.

In the Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics, Nara, Japan, July 22-24 2005: 55-62.


This paper presents results from experimental studies on early language acquisition in infants and attempts to interpret the experimental results within the framework of the Ecological Theory of Language Acquisition (ETLA) recently proposed by (Lacerda et al., 2004a). From this perspective, the infant's first steps in the acquisition of the ambient language are seen as a consequence of the infant's general capacity to represent sensory input and the infant's interaction with other actors in its immediate ecological environment. On the basis of available experimental evidence, it will be argued that ETLA offers a productive alternative to traditional descriptive views of the language acquisition process by presenting an operative model of how early linguistic function may emerge through interaction.

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