Month: February 2014

Everyday Examples of Mental Lexicon Representations

I had a conversation with a colleague the other day, which really made me laugh. I think most people would have found it funny! But I also found it fascinating - through my linguistics-tinted glasses 🙂 My colleague was talking about her old, lazy lodger, who was rather reluctant to do jobs around the house, … Continue reading Everyday Examples of Mental Lexicon Representations

Is there a Critical Period for Language Learning?

Psychologists, linguists and teachers have all long debated the manner in which a child acquires language and the existence of a critical period, that is “a period of time during which an organism is optimally ready for the acquisition of specific responses”, here language (Reber & Reber, 2001). Originally, the discussions centred around first language … Continue reading Is there a Critical Period for Language Learning?