International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Sociocultural Experiences in Language Development in Children: How Does Learning Words Make a Child a Subject?
Rudimar Risso de Oliveira Júnior, Marlete Sandra Diedrich, PhD

Since its birth, language unites humans to culture. This condition constitutes the child, who, as a subject in its mother language, has the power to create the reality around them from the cultural experience mobilized in the language. The child is born, fulfills its biological functions, and, together, lives the culture in its constitution. The appropriation and development of language is born in historical-social interactions and depends on the cultural environment in which the child is inserted and the enunciative acts that occur. In this perspective, we adopt the thought of Émile Benveniste in his theory of referential enunciation (me-you/he) to explain language acquisition in children. The objective of the present study is to analyze how culture, via social interaction, allows children to acquire language.

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