Guest Speaker: Professor Virginia Valian


Are 2-year-olds copying their parents, or just
speaking the same language? 
Speaker(s): Professor Virginia Valian 
Date: October 4, 2019, 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Location: Victoria College (V215), 91 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
Event Details: This talk uses two case studies to argue that two-year-olds and their parents have the same basic grammar. Children are similar to their parents, without directly copying their parents. Children differ from parents in executive functions (like planning and updating) more than in grammar. With respect to basicgrammar, I argue that nothing develops. Instead, what develops is vocabulary and executive function.
Sponsors: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Jackman Humanities Entitlement Group, and the Cognitive Science Program

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