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ENGA1 CLA Question June 2012 Exemplar Response

Beth Kemp | Friday May 11, 2012


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  1. Introduction to ENGA1 Revision Guide
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Question 2 (The Data Question)

Rachel applies the superlative ending -est to good, in an overgeneralised way.

Her father corrects her by simply modelling the correct form of ‘best’, while her mother explicitly corrects her, saying “It’s not the goodest, it’s the best”.

Rachel is using language imaginatively, claiming to be “the showman”.

Rachel is using negation with “I not think”, but she has not inserted the ‘dummy’ do (I do not think).

Rachel combines her parents’ correction with her overgeneralisation, saying “the bestest”.

Question 3 (The Essay Question)

To what extent do children acquire language in their own individual way?

Although there are many individual differences in the words, sounds and meanings that children acquire, it seems that there are more similarities than differences between children in terms of how they acquire language.

For example, it is not possible to state that children do certain things at specific ages, but it is usually possible to identify the order in which they do things. There are a series of stages that children will move through in learning to speak: first, using single words and holophrases, then two word combinations, then speaking telegraphically before eventually using language as an adult would. The individual variation here will be clear through the specific age at which children move from one stage to the next, and in the particular pieces of language that they use at each stage.

Right from the beginning of language acquisition, children’s language will vary individually, reflecting both the children’s personality and interests, and their environment. Katherine Nelson...

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