Cross‐Language Differences in Acquisition

  title={Cross‐Language Differences in Acquisition},
  author={Jan R. Edwards Mary E. Beckman and Benjamin Munson},
Key: Yellow highlighting indicates a note to the copy editor. Pour l'étude du langage enfantin en général, une observation brute, même très complète, a encore un inconvénient. Elle ne suffit pas à distinguer clairement les particularités de l'enfant observé. L'individualité, chez l'adulte, n'affecte pas le système linguistique, qui est imposé socialiement ; elle se réfugie dans l'équilibre particulier des ressource du lexique, la manière d'utiliser les possibilités de la phrase, le débit, la… 

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