I am studying language teaching at university in a German speaking country. I was wondering if "Sprachaneignung" and "Spracherwerb" are synonymous or if there are some differences in usage or meaning between them. My professor seems to use it indiscriminately but I am not 100% sure about it. In English I would say "Language Acquisition" for both of them.

  • There are differences between both your terms and Sprache erlernen (with regards to a conscious decision and active lerning vs. intuitively picking up a language due to social interaction), but I think your two terms can be considered synonyms
    – tofro
    Feb 26, 2016 at 13:57
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    @tofro please don't use comments to answer questions. Feb 26, 2016 at 14:07

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Yes, they are synonymous. "Spracherwerb" is more common term.

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