It's just over two weeks since my last post on language development, but in that time Helen has:
- produced her first two word phrases: "more cherry" and "daddy book". The first was pretty clearly an imperative construction, meaning something like "give me more cherries", the second was most probably a possessive, as it follows a lot of sequential "daddy" (or "mine"), "mummy", "helen" productions, naming in turn the owners of different bowls or cups/mugs (or fridge magnets: see photo right).
- learned to (mostly accurately) use lots of colour words: at least yellow, red, orange, blue, green, brown, and white.
- worked out how to get all the shapes into the Shape-O sorter, and even how to name them all. (Though her rendering of "trapezoid" would be unrecognisable to anyone else, or even to me out of context.)
- learned how to play Snap with a set of animal cards
Various sources suggest children may learn nine or ten words a day starting around this age, and that seems entirely plausible.