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First Language Vocabulary Acquisition

  1. Eve V. Clark

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0414

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Clark, E. V. 2012. First Language Vocabulary Acquisition. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Children produce their first words anywhere between 12 months and 24 months of age. And they add steadily to their vocabulary from then on, at a rate estimated at around nine words a day up to age six (Clark, 2009).


  • first language acquisition;
  • pragmatics;
  • interactionist language studies;
  • vocabulary