How Children Learn to Use Language: An Overview of R Narasimhan's Ideas on Child Language Acquisition

Chandrasekar, Raman
May 2008
Resonance: Journal of Science Education;May2008, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p430
Academic Journal
There have been many theories about how children learn to use language. Professor Narasimhan proposed a theory of child language acquisition based on behavioural pragmatics. In this article we present a simplified version of his theories about how children learn to communicate, to describe, manipulate and explore the world around them from exposure to variety of language utterances and non-verbal inputs such as gestures and pointing. We also discuss the method he used to substantiate his ideas, and briefly present a computational model of the ideas arising from his work.


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