Acquisition of Eegimaa (Atlantic family, Niger-Congo) in a polyadic environment: A commentary on Kidd and Garcia (2022)

Serge Sagna, Virve-Anneli Vihman, Dunstan Brown

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Research on lesser-studied languages is vital for the advancement of
theories of language acquisition. We discuss two areas where data from Eegimaa has the potential to produce innovative research: (1) language typology, with an overview of the complex demonstratives found in this language, and (2) learning environment and input speech. Here, we show that Eegimaa children learn to speak in a polyadic environment, where they receive input from multiple caregivers, siblings, and other members of their community.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFirst Language
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Mar 2022


  • Atlantic, Niger-Congo
  • Typology
  • demonstratives
  • child-directed speech
  • multilingualism
  • Casamance

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