Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Transition from Two-Word to Multiple-Word Stage in the Course of Language Acquisition

Tomohiko Ito

Department of Education, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka City, Japan

This is a study of the problem of the transition from the two-word stage to the multiple-word stage in the course of language acquisition. The longitudinal speech data of six normal Japanese children were examined. The results showed a close relationship between the state of the knowledge of the projection of lexical category V and N and the appearance of multiple-word utterances. We proposed the hypothesis that it is the complete realization of the knowledge of the projection of lexical category V and N that enables children to break through the constraint on the length of utterances and makes them produce multiple-word utterances.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ito, Tomohiko (1994): "Transition from two-word to multiple-word stage in the course of language acquisition", In ICSLP-1994, 1707-1710.