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|Subject:||Child Language Acquisition & Difficulty of the Language|
|Question:||Hello, There seems to be agreement that some languages are more difficult to learn as a second language. But I'm wondering if children born into environments where the more ''difficult'' languages are spoken take longer to achieve a certain level of linguistic competency (acquire vocabulary or master the syntax). I read on one of your FAQ's that it does take children longer to learn to pronounce, for example, words that have multiple consonants in a row. But I'm curious about comparative learning rates other aspects of language. Thank you very much.|
|Reply:||I have heard anecdotally that in some countries whose languages have complex inflectional morphology (Russia and Finland come to mind), school -- outside of kindergarten -- starts at age 7 rather than 6 to give children time to master that morphology.|
|Reply From:||Susan D Fischer click here to access email|