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Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics : Child Language: Acquisition and Growth - Barbara C. Lust

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Child Language: Acquisition and Growth

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2005
ISBN: 9780521444781
Number Of Pages: 410

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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.

'... 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
"This volume provides an excellent overview of the theoretical and empirical advances in this field over the past 30 years...The writing is lucid and engaging..." -Susan A. Gelman, University of Michigan: Studies in Second Language Acquisition

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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ISBN: 9780521444781
ISBN-10: 0521444780
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 1st December 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.93

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