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First Language Acquisition

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521732932

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  • Babies are not born talking, they learn language, starting immediately from birth. How does this process take place? When do children master the skills needed for using language successfully? What stages do they go through as they learn to understand and talk? Do the languages they learn affect the way they think? This edition of Eve Clark's highly successful textbook focuses on children's acquisition of a first language, the stages of development they go through, and how they use language as they learn. It reports on recent findings in each area covered, includes a completely new chapter on the acquisition of two languages and shows how speech to children differs by social class. Skilfully integrating actual data with coverage of current theories and debates, it is an essential guide to studying language acquisition for those working in linguistics, developmental psychology and cognitive science.

    • Integrates actual data with coverage of current theories and debates
    • Presents different perspectives in a clear way, making lecture materials easier to explain and understand
    • An accompanying website contains further resources and clips
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521732932
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 174 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 88 tables
  • Table of Contents

    1. Acquiring language: issues and questions
    Part I. Getting Started:
    2. In conversation with children
    3. Starting on language: perception
    4. Early words
    5. Sounds in words: production
    6. Words and meanings
    Part II. Constructions and Meanings:
    7. First combinations, first constructions
    8. Modulating word meanings
    9. Adding complexity within clauses
    10. Combining clauses: more complex constructions
    11. Constructing words
    Part III. Using Language:
    12. Honing conversational skills
    13. Doing things with language
    14. Two languages at once
    Part IV. Process in Acquisition:
    15. Specialization for language
    16. Acquisition and change.

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    First Language Acquisition

    Eve V. Clark

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    Eve V. Clark, Stanford University, California
    Eve V. Clark is Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

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