Constructing a Language A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition

ISBN-10: 0674017641
ISBN-13: 9780674017641
Edition: 2003
List price: $31.50 Buy it from $9.98
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy

Description: In this groundbreaking book, Michael Tomasello presents a comprehensive usage-based theory of language acquisition. Drawing together a vast body of empirical research in cognitive science, linguistics, and developmental psychology, Tomasello  More...

Used Starting from $22.11
New Starting from $34.84
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
coins
coins
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!

Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Psychology Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
History of Western Art Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Italian Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Portuguese Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99

Customers also bought

Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading

Book details

List price: $31.50
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/31/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In this groundbreaking book, Michael Tomasello presents a comprehensive usage-based theory of language acquisition. Drawing together a vast body of empirical research in cognitive science, linguistics, and developmental psychology, Tomasello demonstrates that we don't need a self-contained "language instinct" to explain how children learn language. Their linguistic ability is interwoven with other cognitive abilities. Tomasello argues that the essence of language is its symbolic dimension, which rests on the uniquely human ability to comprehend intention. Grammar emerges as the speakers of a language create linguistic constructions out of recurring sequences of symbols; children pick up these patterns in the buzz of words they hear around them. All theories of language acquisition assume these fundamental skills of intention-reading and pattern-finding. Some formal linguistic theories posit a second set of acquisition processes to connect somehow with an innate universal grammar. But these extra processes, Tomasello argues, are completely unnecessary--important to save a theory but not to explain the phenomenon. For all its empirical weaknesses, Chomskian generative grammar has ruled the linguistic world for forty years. Constructing a Language offers a compellingly argued, psychologically sound new vision for the study of language acquisition.

Michael Tomasello is Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

Usage-Based Linguistics
Origins of Language
Phylogenetic Origins
Ontogenetic Origins
Children's First Utterances
Summary
Words
Early Words and their Uses
Processes of Word Learning
Theories of Word Learning
Summary
Early Syntactic Constructions
The Nature of Constructions
Early Constructional Islands
Marking Syntactic Roles
Summary
Abstract Syntactic Constructions
Abstract Constructions
Constructing Constructions
Constraining Constructions
Theories of Syntactic Development
Summary
Nominal and Clausal Constructions
Reference and Nominals
Predication and Clauses
Learning Morphology
Summary
Complex Constructions and Discourse
Complex Constructions
Conversation and Narrative
Summary
Biological, Cultural, and Ontogenetic Processes
Dual Inheritance
Psycholinguistic Processes of Acquisition
Psycholinguistic Processes of Production
The Development of Linguistic Representations
Summary
Toward a Psychology of Language Acquisition
References
Acknowledgements
Index

×
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.

×