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Child Language
Acquisition and Growth



Part of Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521449229

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  • The remarkable way in which young children acquire language has long fascinated linguists and developmental psychologists alike. Language is a skill that we have essentially mastered by the age of three, and with incredible ease and speed, despite the complexity of the task. This accessible textbook introduces the field of child language acquisition, exploring language development from birth. Setting out the key theoretical debates, it considers questions such as what characteristics of the human mind make it possible to acquire language; how far acquisition is biologically programmed and how far it is influenced by our environment; what makes second language learning (in adulthood) different from first language acquisition; and whether the specific stages in language development are universal across languages. Clear and comprehensive, it is set to become a key text for all courses in child language acquisition, within linguistics, developmental psychology and cognitive science.

    • Merges linguistics analysis with empirical research from developmental psychology
    • Looks at acquisition in the three key areas of phonology, semantics and syntax
    • Reviews cross-linguistic evidence
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    '… this glimpse into a different scientific tradition, coupled with the opportunity to grasp the complexity of this uniquely human skill made this book well worth reading…' Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521449229
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 173 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 29 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The growth of language
    2. What is acquired?
    3. What is the problem of language acquisition?
    4. How we can construct a theory of language acquisition
    5. Brain and language development
    6. The nature of nurture
    7. How can we tell what children know?: methods for the study of language acquisition
    8. The acquisition of phonology
    9. The acquisition of syntax
    10. The acquisition of semantics
    11. On the nature of language growth
    12. Conclusions: towards an integrated theory of language acquisition.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Applied Behavior Analysis ll
    • Child Language Acquisition
    • Cognitive Development
    • Issues in Mind and Language: Language Acquisition
    • Linguistic Perspectives on Child Language
    • Normal Language Development
  • Author

    Barbara C. Lust, Cornell University, New York
    Barbara Lust is Professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University, New York.

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