SLP

Language Stage 2

During the previous stage, language grows until there is about a 50 to 60 word vocabulary. At this point, the individual enters stage two and begins to combine words to make phrases. The mean (average) length of utterance in stage two is expected to be about 1.75 words long. That is, some utterances are still just one word, but more are two and three word phrases.

Approx. Vocab. Size Utterance Length in Morphemes* Examples
75 to 200+ words Range: 1.5 to 2.5 Mean: 2.0 want more, need help, all done, stop, don’t

*a morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning in a language

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Language Objectives

  • Combine two and three words to make phrases
  • Increase the number of words he or she uses meaningfully
  • Increase the number of phrases he or she uses meaningfully
  • Speak two and three word phrases to direct another person’s actions
  • Speak two and three word phrases to express negatives
  • Speak two and three word phrases to express requests

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