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Understanding Children with Language Problems

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  • Date Published: January 2001
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521573863

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  • Some children can hear and can speak, yet have trouble understanding or producing utterances. In this accessible introduction to the study of children's language difficulties, Shula Chiat explores the stumbling blocks that lie behind their struggle. The uniqueness of this book lies in its focus on individual children, the extensive and intriguing examples that illustrate their problems, and the step-by-step search for the source of those problems. This book will be welcomed by students of linguistics, language development and language disorders; teachers of language-impaired children; and speech and language therapists.

    • Accessible introduction to the study of children's language problems
    • Draws on extensive and intriguing data from individual children and evokes, through their own words, these children's experiences of language
    • Relevance to both linguistics and psychology students studying language development and disorders, teachers working with language-impaired children, and speech and language therapists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a delightful and an important book. The mixture of real life examples and linguistically sophisticated analyses is just right. Chiat focuses especially intently on phonological problems and word learning problems and the cascading effects these can have on other aspects of language development. Throughout, we never lose sight of individual children with their own individual problems.' Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

    'A clear and accessible description of children's language problems and the complications they pose. Its many examples of the communicative struggles faced by these children will serve as a helpful reminder of why our task of solving the mysteries of language disorders is so important.' Laurence B. Leonard, Purdue University

    'This is simply a great book. Buy it, read it and keep it on your shelf for dipping into.' AFASIC News

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521573863
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 206 x 133 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.435kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Glossary of text conventions and symbols
    Part I. Problems with Words:
    1. What's in a word?
    2. The child's road to words
    3. Blocks on the road to words
    4. Exploring the blockage
    5. 'Dant always day dings': problems with phonology
    6. 'Stip' or 'step' or 'slip' or what?: problems with lexical processing
    Part II. Grappling with Verb Structure:
    7. Translating events
    8. Growing verb structures
    9. Shortfalls with verbs
    10. 'Thing out. Tip in there': problems with verb processing
    Part III. Missing Function Morphemes:
    11. Filling out sentences
    12. 'That one not working, see': problems with auxiliary verb processing
    Part VI. Hidden Meanings, Baffling Meanings:
    13. The roots of meaning
    14. '[æ] you don't tell nobody this?': strengths in pragmatic processing
    15. 'I can speak Chinese. But I can't speak Chinese': problems in pragmatic processing
    Endpoint and springboard
    Further reading

  • Author

    Shula Chiat, City University London

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