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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.Read more
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- 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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