“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”

Victor Hugo

A boat by any other name

With the exception of sound effect words (called onomatopoeia like sizzle, beep), speech sounds are arbitrarily attached to the meanings of words.  There’s not really a reason why a dog is called dog and not some other string of sounds like bop.  And as Juliet famously said, a rose by any other name would smellContinue reading “A boat by any other name”

So many muches! Grammar errors and what they tell us about language development

When kids first begin talking, typically at around 12 months of age, they of course stick to the basics— very short phrases that convey basic wants, needs, and social routines.  Mama.  More.  Up.  Hi!  All-done.  Milk.  Doggy.  Bye-bye.  Oops!  These are mostly one-word phrases and are not pronounced perfectly.  Then, typically when children are betweenContinue reading “So many muches! Grammar errors and what they tell us about language development”


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