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Explanations in the Study of Child Language Development : London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes - Martin Atkinson

Explanations in the Study of Child Language Development

London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes

Paperback Published: 19th April 1982
ISBN: 9780521285933
Number Of Pages: 300

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Dr Atkinson's work has grown out of a deep satisfaction with the state of theorising in child language development. Critical analysis of superficially attractive theories showed that they had no real explanatory power. Yet no coherent framework had been proposed for evaluating theorising in this area. A central tenet of this volume is that theories of language development should be relatable to some general view of human development and, on this basis, Dr Atkinson presents a number of conditions that any adequate theory of language development should satisfy. The major theories in most areas of language acquisition, in particular work in semantic, syntactic and functional development, are then systematically examined in the light of these conditions and found wanting. In a final chapter, the author relates his work to recent studies in the formal theory of learnability. This scholarly critique should be read by anyone with a serious interest in the study of child language development and will undoubtedly have a singular impact on the field.

Criteria for adequacy
Jakobson's theory of phonological development
Early lexical development
The acquisition of relational terms
The development of formal grammar
Semantic approaches to syntactic development
The development of speech-acts
Cognitive reductions
Social reductions
Learnability and mechanisms of learning
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ISBN: 9780521285933
ISBN-10: 0521285933
Series: London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 19th April 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44

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