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Child Language : Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics - Alison J. Elliot

Child Language

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Paperback Published: 22nd June 1981
ISBN: 9780521295567
Number Of Pages: 204

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The way children learn their native language has been the subject of intense and widespread investigation in the last decades, stimulated by advances in theoretical linguistics and the behavioural sciences. For the student, this has meant a bewildering number of research reports, often differing in their theoretical viewpoint and the methodological approach they advocate, and apparently conflicting in their conclusions. Child Language provides the student with a cool, clear and concise survey of the most important recent research work, and puts into perspective the contributions made by Chomsky, Piaget and others. The research surveyed, though primarily of English-speaking children, includes studies of children whose first language is not English and bilingual children. Dr Elliot believes that the study of child language necessarily raises questions about the nature of language - is human language something only humans can learn? - and about learning itself - how does our ability to learn language depend on biological factors, such as our age, and how important is our social and linguistic environment? Little justification is found for the view that language has an independent existence for the young child, and their linguistic achievements are studied within the context of their development in general.

Introductionp. 1
Mechanisms for language acquisitionp. 7
Chomsky's views on language acquisitionp. 7
Competence and creativityp. 11
Primary linguistic datap. 15
Language in chimpanzeesp. 17
Biological factors in language acquisitionp. 23
Learning and learning theoryp. 28
Language in the developing childp. 37
Egocentric speechp. 39
Piaget's views on languagep. 42
Piaget as an epistemologistp. 42
Child's expressive languagep. 44
Child's understanding of languagep. 44
Universals and language variationp. 47
Development of the conceptp. 48
Summaryp. 50
The cognition hypothesisp. 51
Functional origins of languagep. 57
Development of the child's sound systemp. 62
Vocal productions and discriminations in infancyp. 62
Early perception and production of phonemic distinctionsp. 68
Awareness of phonological structurep. 75
Naturalistic studies of language acquisitionp. 78
Comprehension and production in child languagep. 80
The development of word meaningp. 85
Holophrasesp. 90
Writing grammars for child languagep. 93
Semantic relations in two-word utterancesp. 99
Over the thresholdp. 102
The development of negationp. 106
The development of questionsp. 107
Experimental studies of linguistic developmentp. 110
Active and passive sentencesp. 114
'John is easy to see'p. 121
Word order in other constructionsp. 124
Relational termsp. 128
Dimensional adjectivesp. 129
'More' and 'less'p. 131
'Same' and 'different'p. 135
Locative prepositionsp. 138
Deixis and referencep. 140
The communicative context of language acquisitionp. 149
Mothers' speech to childrenp. 149
Language and social classp. 163
Contextual variation in child speechp. 168
Learning more than one languagep. 173
Referencesp. 176
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780521295567
ISBN-10: 0521295564
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 22nd June 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.19  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.3