Children's acquisition of sociolinguistic variation

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This paper provides a review of past research on children's acquisition of sociolinguistic variation and the impact that variable input has on the acquisition of grammatical morphology. I describe findings from both corpus studies and experimental studies, focusing primarily on the acquisition of variably produced plural morphology and subject-verb agreement. I make two predictions: (i) variable input impacts the time course of acquisition, such that variably produced morphology takes longer to acquire than non-variably produced morphology. And, (ii) variable input does not impact patterns of acquisition. Regardless of input-type, children pass through the same developmental linguistic stages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThree Streams of Generative Language Acquisition Research
EditorsTania Ionin, Matthew Rispoli
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9789027202246
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameLanguage Acquisition and Language Disorders
ISSN (Print)0925-0123

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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