Language Development from Theory to Practice

ISBN-10: 0131708139
ISBN-13: 9780131708136
Edition: 2008
List price: $120.00
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Description: Taking a multi-disciplinary focus, this book examines language development, from birth to adulthood, and the role culture plays in its development. Based on sound research and evidence-based practices, it provides an introduction to the science and  More...

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List price: $120.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 3/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Taking a multi-disciplinary focus, this book examines language development, from birth to adulthood, and the role culture plays in its development. Based on sound research and evidence-based practices, it provides an introduction to the science and theory of language development, the building blocks of language, and the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of language. Separate chapters discuss language development in infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, and school age years. Coverage of language diversity and language disorders in children is also presented. nbsp;Each chapter includes reader friendly features (graphs, charts, tables, etc.), emphasizes multicultural considerations and highlights the current language development research activities of an established scientist.

Language Development: An Introduction
Focus Questions
What is Language?
Language Defined
Language as a Module of Human Cognition
How Does Language Relate to Speech, Hearing, and Communication?
Speech
Hearing
Communication
What Are the Major Domains of Language?
Content, Form, and Use
Components of Content, Form, and Use
What Are Some Remarkable Features of Language?
Acquisition Rate
Universality
Species Specificity
Semanticity
Productivity
What Are Language Differences and Language Disorders?
Language Differences
Language Disorders
Summary
The Science and Theory of Language Development
Focus Questions
Who Studies Language Development and Why?
Basic Research
Applied Research
What Are Some Major Approaches to Studying Language Development?
Approaches to Studying Speech Perception
Approaches to Studying Language Production
Approaches to Studying Language Comprehension
What Are Some Major Language Development Theories?
Questions That Should Be Answered by Language Theories
Major Language Development Theories
How Do Language Development Theories Influence Practice?
Linkage of Theory to Practice
Instruction in English as a Second Language: Theory and Practice
Practices Informed by Language Theories
Summary
Building Blocks of Language
Focus Questions
What is Semantic Development?
Semantic Building Blocks
Influences on Semantic Development
What is Morphological Development?
Morphological Building Blocks
Influences on Morphological Development
What is Syntactic Development?
Syntactic Building Blocks
Influences on Syntactic Development
What is Phonological Development?
Phonological Building Blocks
Influences on Phonological Development
What is Pragmatic Development?
Pragmatic Building Blocks
Influences on Pragmatic Development
Summary
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Language
Focus Questions
What Are Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology?
Terminology
Neuroscience Basics
What Are the Major Structures and Functions of the Human Brain?
Cerebrum
Brainstem
Cerebellum
How Does the Human Brain Process and Produce Language
Semantics
Syntax and Morphology
Phonology
Pragmatics
What Are Neurophysiological and Neuroanatomical Sensitive Periods?
Sensitive Periods Defined
Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological Concepts Related to Sensitive Periods
Sensitive Periods and Language Acquisition
Summary
Infancy: Let the Language Achievements Begin
Focus Questions
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in Infancy?
Infant Speech Perception
Awareness of Actions and Intentions
Category Formation
Early Vocalizations
Additional Milestones
What Are Some of the Early Foundations for Language Development?
Infant-Directed Speech
Joint Reference and Attention
Daily Routines of Infancy
Caregiver Responsiveness
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize Infancy?
Language Content
Language Form
Language Use
What Factors Influence Infants' Individual Achievements in Language?
Intraindividual Differences
Interindividual Differences
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in Infancy?
Researchers
Clinicians
Summary
Toddlerhood: Exploring the World and Experimenting with Language
Focus Questions
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in Toddlerhood?
First Words
Gestures
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize Toddlerhood?
Language Content
Language Form
Language Use
What Factors Influence Toddlers' Individual Achievements in Language?
Intraindividual Differences
Interindividual Differences
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in Toddlerhood?
Researchers
Clinicians
Summary
Preschool: Building Literacy on Language
Focus Questions
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in the Preschool Period?
Decontextualized Language
Emergent Literacy
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize the Preschool Period?
Language Content
Language Form
Language Use
What Factors Influence Preschoolers' Individual Achievements in Language?
Intraindividual Differences
Interindividual Differences
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in the Preschool Period?
Researchers
Clinicians
Summary
School-Age Years and Beyond: Developing Later Language
Focus Questions
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in the School-Age Years and Beyond?
Shifting Sources of Language Input
Acquisition of Metalinguistic Competence
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize the School-Age Years and Beyond?
Language Content
Language Form
Language Use
What Factors Influence School-Age Children's, Adolescents', and Adults' Individual Competencies in Language?
Gender Differences in Vocabulary Use and Conversational Style
Gender Differences in Conversational Pragmatics
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in the School-Age Years and Beyond?
Assessment Types
Assessment of Language Content
Assessment of Language Form
Assessment of Language Use
Summary
Language Diversity
Focus Questions
What is the Connection Between Language and Culture?
The Interrelatedness of Language and Culture
Infant-Directed Speech
How Do Languages Evolve and Change?
Dialects
Pidgins
Creoles
What Are Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition?
Bilingualism
Second Language Acquisition
What Are Some Prevailing Theories of Second Language Acquisition and Their Implications for Practice?
Nurture-Inspired Theories
Nature-Inspired Theories
Other Theories
Summary
Language Disorders in Children
Focus Questions
What is a Language Disorder?
Social, Psychological, and Educational Impact
Language Disorders and Language Differences
The Meaning of Significant
Prevalence and Incidence
Who Identifies and Treats Children with Language Disorders?
Speech-Language Pathologists
Psychologists
General Educators
Special Educators
Early Interventionists
Audiologists
Developmental Pediatricians
Otorhinolaryngologists
What Are the Major Types of Child Language Disorders?
Specific Language Impairment
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mental Retardation
Traumatic Brain Injury
Hearing Loss
How Are Child Language Disorders Identified and Treated?
Identification of Language Disorders
Treatment of Language Disorders
Summary
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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