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Natural order

The natural order hypothesis is the idea that children learning their first language acquire grammatical structures in a pre-determined, 'natural' order, and that some are acquired earlier than others.

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Naturalistic intelligence

Naturalistic intelligence is one of the many types of intelligence described in multiple intelligence theory, although not as widely accepted as other types.

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Needs analysis

Needs analysis involves doing some kind of activity with a learner in order to find out what their learning needs are.

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Negotiation of meaning

Negotiation of meaning is a process that speakers go through to reach a clear understanding of each other.

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Neologisms are words or phrases that are invented to describe either new things or to give a new name to an old idea.

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Non-gradable adjectives

Non-gradable adjectives are adjectives that cannot be expressed in degrees and so cannot be graded.

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