Language Development in the Conversational Systems Era
Language is a skill particular to humans. No other discovered being has such communication capability to our knowledge. This means that during all thousands of years of human language evolution, this skill was used specifically by humans, and with other humans. However, due to technology development this is not true anymore. We are in an era that for the first time humans can have full linguistic communication with other beings; new digital technologies!
Modern digital technologies are transforming rapidly the environment in which children are growing up and developing skills. This new digital reality has both changed the nature of the linguistic input provided to young children, but also affords new ways of interaction with communication agents, such as tablets and robots.