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Acquisition of Syntax, L1, Overview
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It is undeniably a marvelous achievement for three- or four-year-old children to be able to grasp the major components of their target languages without explicit grammatical instruction. What is more fascinating is that despite the apparent differences in terms of grammatical structures among human languages, there exists tremendous similarity in the stages children go through in acquiring these languages, namely, proceeding from one-word stage to a two-word stage and then full sentences, with o…

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Yi-ching SU, “Acquisition of Syntax, L1, Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000099>
First published online: 2015

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