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First Language Acquisition

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316507605

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  • How do young children learn language? When does this process start? What does language acquisition involve? Children are exposed to language from birth, surrounded by knowledgeable speakers who offer feedback and provide extensive practice every day. Through conversation and joint activities, children master the language being used around them. This fully revised third edition of Eve V. Clark's bestselling textbook offers comprehensive coverage of language acquisition, from a baby's first sounds to a child's increasing skill in negotiating, explaining and entertaining with language. This book, drawing together the most recent findings in the field, and illustrated with examples from a wide range of experimental and observational studies, including the author's own diary observations, presents an essential and comprehensive guide to first language acquisition. It will be fascinating reading for students of linguistics, developmental psychology and cognitive science.

    • Offers a breadth of content, covering several course topics, and a friendly writing style, appealing to students and instructors
    • The author has an international reputation as leading expert on the subject
    • Includes numerous examples from the author's personal diary observations and experimental studies
    • Draws on languages other than English to provide a comparative perspective on the process of language acquisition
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    "This is the textbook I've been looking for: an authoritative, beautifully written survey of the field written by one of the world's leading experts. It provides phenomenal coverage, ranging from classic issues to the latest state-of-the-art findings, in a well-organized structure that students and instructors alike will appreciate. The theoretical insights and charming examples bring the material to life and remind us of the astonishing significance of children's achievement."
    Susan A. Gelman, Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316507605
    • length: 586 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 175 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 87 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Acquiring language
    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 a time
    Part IV. Process in Acquisition:
    15. Specialization for language
    16. Acquisition and change.

  • Author

    Eve V. Clark, Stanford University, California
    Eve V. Clark is a Member of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her books include Psychology and Language (with H. H. Clark), The Ontogenesis of Meaning, The Acquisition of Romance, The Lexicon in Acquisition, and Constructions in Acquisition (with B. F. Kelly). Her research has involved both observational and experimental studies aimed at discovering what language children understand and what they produce at different stages in development.

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