By Aliyah Morgenstern . Last update : 10 July 2007. (trans. by Stephen Shimanek)
LEAPLE is part of the Modyco laboratory, UMR 7114.
Within LEAPLE, several research project are centered on language acquisition and pathology and in particular the emergence of grammar in children. We hope to continue the dialog with these scholars — with whom we have been working from the beginning of the project — benefitting from their experience while creating our own methodology enabled by technological advances and our collaboration with ICAR and SILEX. We will emphasize linguistic production, posturo-mimo gestural indices, as well as intonation. As such, we have chosen to start constituting the corpus as soon as the first words are spoken (around 12 months). , The grammar can be said to be in place — long before the emergence of the first functional morphemes — as soon as the child can express two different points of view regarding the same object and translate those views linguistically in varying the intonation on a linguitic unit (for example, "mommy" with rising intonation — to call her — and "mommy" with a falling intonation to identify her in a photograph). These distinctions gradually begin appearing during the second year.
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