Child Language Acquisition and Growth

ISBN-10: 0521449227

ISBN-13: 9780521449229

Edition: 2005

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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.
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Book details

List price: $60.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.046

The growth of language
What is acquired?
What is the problem of language acquisition?
How we can construct a theory of language acquisition
Brain and language development
The nature of nurture
How can we tell what children know?: methods for the study of language acquisition
The acquisition of phonology
The acquisition of syntax
The acquisition of semantics
On the nature of language growth
Conclusions: towards an integrated theory of language acquisition
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