Get creative with language - Quiz

Children are often highly creative when it comes to making up new words and expressions which don’t happen to exist in our language: boemen instead of bloemen, naan instead of banaan, and rood instead of brood. They also sometimes change the sounds of words: kikker becomes titter, poes becomes poef and koffie turns into poffie. Often they do this to simplify the pronunciation or because they don’t yet know the word we would use. This creative use of language can provide us with insights into how words are stored in children’s heads. Join our quiz and learn all about this amazing feature of child language! We’ll show you some nice examples of creative child language and in doing so you’ll learn about what this tells us about the young linguistic brain.

By Paula Fikkert, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University

16:00 - 16:30

8 years and over


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