Fall 2019 - LING 350 D100

First Language Acquisition (3)

Class Number: 1540

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    Wed, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W.



Introduction to the study of language acquisition from the point of view of linguistic structure. Students who have taken LING 250 may not take this course for further credit.


This course provides an introduction to the study of language acquisition in infants and young children. Topics to be explored include the acquisition of phonetic and phonological patterns, word learning and the acquisition of morphological patterns (e.g., English past tense), as well as the beginnings of syntactic and semantic knowledge. The course will also investigate some examples of atypical language development, bilingualism / second-language learning in children. Both theoretical approaches and methodology will be covered, and there is also an optional practical component of this course, which will involve a field project that has students interacting with children in a community setting (e.g., Science World) in order to apply concepts from the course with young children in our community.


  • Participation/Engagement 5%
  • Homework 18%
  • Mid-term Exam 24%
  • Quizzes 24%
  • Final exam (cumulative) 29%


It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate.  Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



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