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This chapter describes how children acquire their first language in the early years. Some children also acquire a second language in early years setting and the processes and adult supports that assist them are described. These include dynamic scaffolding and environmental supports. The main theories of first and second language acquisition are reviewed and the importance of supportive facilitation by nurturing adults is emphasised.
Mhic Mhathuna, M. Child Language in the Early Years in Mhic Mhathúna, M. and Taylor, M. (eds.) Early Childhood Education and Care. An Introduction for Students in Ireland,Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 2012.