A general introduction to the study of language development examining current issues and linguistic theories of language acquisition, including those related to cognitive and cultural development, and the effects of sociolinguistic factors, such as gender and socioeconomic status, on language acquisition. Also explores multilingualism, early literacy, and language development in special populations. Students will discover how language is acquired via the interaction of internal and external factors. Enrollment restricted to students with Junior or Senior standing. Enrollment Requirements: Enrollment restricted to students with junior or senior status. Requirement Designation: DD - UDGE Social Science.