The language instinct at 19 months

I’ve been re-reading Steven Pinker’s Language Instinct on the advice of a couple of older parents. In it, Pinker describes the process by which babies of Salman’s age acquire language in it he describes:

[the]
arbitrary stages like Syllable Babbling, Gibberish Babbling, One-Word
Utterances and Two-word strings, the next stage would have to be called
all hell breaks loose.

Salman is somewhere between one-word utterances and two-word strings with a healthy dose of gibberish.

For
an amateur cognitive scientist (very, very amateur), it is a fabulous
process. To be able to witness the arrival of object permanence and
theory of mind. Charting the language acquisition is even more
interesting.

A quick count of where we are in his 21st month
(corrected) follows: 58 words, including three he picked up this
weekend. (The three he picked up were cow (instead of moo), animal (or aminal, in reality) and please (he only said this thrice and now refuses to repeat); a number of two word phrases like ‘get down’ and ‘stand up’.

The full list, which I’ll now track as my contribution to the global hive mind, are:

bye-bye
tummy
chin
mouth
eyes
ears
hair
head
lips
tongue
teeth
arms
feet
toes
legs
cow
moo
baa
pig
animal
mummy
meow
doggy
car
teddy
daddy
alina ‘nina’
dada
dadi
moo (milk)
sit down
stand up
sit there
go there
block
brush (‘buush’)
book
spoon
jump
dance
monkey
shoes
socks
hot
it’s hot
apple
gogu (yoghurt)
fish
dino
mine
no
door
light on
poo
po (from the teletubbies)
please (three times)
zebra

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