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Child Language

Child Language
Acquisition and Growth

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Part of Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

  • Date Published: October 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521449229

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  • Exploring language development from birth, this accessible textbook introduces the field of child language acquisition, establishing key theoretical debates. It considers what characteristics of the human mind make it possible to acquire language and to what extent acquisition is biologically programmed and influenced by our environment. It inquires as to what makes second language learning (in adulthood) different from first language acquisition; and whether the specific stages in language development are universal across languages. It will be a key text for courses in linguistics, developmental psychology and cognitive science.

    • Merges linguistics analysis with empirical research from developmental psychology
    • Looks at acquisition in the three key areas of phonology, semantics and syntax
    • Reviews cross-linguistic evidence
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    "This volume provides an excellent overview of the theoretical and empirical advances in this field over the past 30 years...The writing is lucid and engaging..." -Susan A. Gelman, University of Michigan: Studies in Second Language Acquisition

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    • Date Published: October 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521449229
    • length: 405 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.825kg
    • contains: 29 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The growth of language
    2. What is acquired?
    3. What is the problem of language acquisition?
    4. How we can construct a theory of language acquisition
    5. Brain and language development
    6. The nature of nurture
    7. How can we tell what children know?: methods for the study of language acquisition
    8. The acquisition of phonology
    9. The acquisition of syntax
    10. The acquisition of semantics
    11. On the nature of language growth
    12. Conclusions: towards an integrated theory of language acquisition.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Applied Behavior Analysis ll
    • Child Language Acquisition
    • Cognitive Development
    • Issues in Mind and Language: Language Acquisition
    • Linguistic Perspectives on Child Language
    • Normal Language Development
  • Author

    Barbara C. Lust, Cornell University, New York
    Barbara Lust is Professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University.

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