Learning via eavesdropping
Anna Dina L. Joaquin [+]
California State University
Anna Dina L. Joaquin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and TESL at California State University, Northridge. She is co-author (with Namhee Lee, Lisa Mikesell, Andrea Mates and John Schumann) of The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language (OUP, 2009).
In some parts of the world children have to learn language mostly, if not exclusively, through eavesdropping. This chapter attempts to address some of the issues raised by such learning contexts.