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Vocabulary growth involves more than just the acquisition of new words..
kids refine meanings of established words
("Cool" goes from temperature to describing a friend)
Vocabulary growth does not continue at same furious rate as preschooler's...
but it does continue throughout life
Myth:
Older people ...
lose vocabulary. May not be able to retrieve words as quickly as before but they don't lose words
Children begin to combine words between
18 mos -2 years
Generativity of language
capacity to understand and produce an infiite number of novel sentences.
Knowledge of language is not a knowledge of a list of sentences in which to select as the occasion demands, rather...
it is the knowledge of a system that allows a speaker to produce an infinite number of differnt sentences from a finite inventory of words
Syntax
the component of grammar that governs the ordering of words in a sentence
The order of words can change the meaning such as
John kissed Mary vs
Mary kissed John
Morphology
the study of the smallest unit of meaning