My 23 mo DD has about 60 words but doesn’t make sentences. She can say “what’s that” “all done” or “I don’t want”… but as I understand these don’t count since they are meant at single words by toddlers. Expected combinations including 2 different ideas/concepts “ball blue”, “daddy gone”, “more bananas” are still missing. She has a decent understanding of what we say and will respond to some commands but she can’t answer “complex” questions appropriately “what’s your name”, “what are you doing”… Should I be concerned ?
DS1 has 25 words at 2. He didn’t join words. By 2 years 4 months he spoke in full sentences. I know they are ‘expected’ to join at two but I honestly wouldn’t worry about that too much. Language development varies hugely.
As to the bit about complex questions - does she have the words to do this? I remember nursery being concerned that DS1 wouldn’t say sorry about something once. While he knew the word, he couldn’t say it- so didn’t!
She knows her name and says it sometime but only to ask for my phone. I have a video recorded on it with her cousins singing her name. So when she wants me to play it she says her name. But when I ask her what's her name, she doesn't seem to understand
My dd is 2 next month and has only just started saying her own name in the past month or so. Previously we would ask her name and she’d say “mummy”! Now she does know it she uses it ALL the time in the 3rd person and seems to have coincided with much more “mine mine” behaviour .
Basically I think your dd sounds completely normal and things can change so quickly!
“What are you doing?” Is quite a vague question and like pp said, she may just not have the words to respond yet.