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First Language Acquisition : Method, Description and Explanation - David Ingram

First Language Acquisition

Method, Description and Explanation

Paperback Published: 6th November 1989
ISBN: 9780521349161
Number Of Pages: 588

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A closely analyzed exposition of how children acquire language that explores the receptive and productive abilities of children in all core areas of language--phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Readers will acquire the fundamental knowledge and skill not only to interpret primary literature but to approach their own research with sophistication. While the descriptive facts that are currently available on first language acquisition are central to the book, its emphasis on methodology and explanation distinguishes this text from others. The various ways in which research is conducted is discussed in detail, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, leading to new perspectives on key theoretical issues.

"Ingram's book has many fine facets...it stands alone as an intelligent summary of work in the normal acquisitional field." Language "Reading this book will thus deepen our overall understanding of language acquisition." Harvard Educational Review

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Further readingp. 4
Foundationsp. 5
The history of child language studiesp. 7
The period of diary studies (1876-1926)p. 7
The period of large sample studies (1926-1957)p. 11
The period of longitudinal language sampling (1957 to present)p. 21
Further readingp. 30
Stages of language acquisitionp. 32
Some possible meanings of 'stage'p. 32
Some proposals on stages of acquisitionp. 38
Descriptive vs. explanatory stagep. 54
Further readingp. 57
Explanation and language acquisitionp. 59
Introductionp. 59
Child Language vs. Language Acquisitionp. 60
A theory of acquisitionp. 63
Theoretical assumptions about language acquisitionp. 69
Sources of variation among childrenp. 77
Further readingp. 80
Milestonesp. 81
The period of prelinguistic developmentp. 83
Introductionp. 83
Infant speech perceptionp. 84
Infant speech productionp. 96
Early cognitive developmentp. 115
The linguistic environmentp. 127
Further readingp. 137
The period of single-word utterancesp. 139
The definition of word acquisitionp. 139
Early word comprehension and productionp. 140
The explanation of early word meaningp. 155
Pragmatic and grammatical developmentp. 160
The onset of phonemic perception and productionp. 178
The linguistic environmentp. 219
Further readingp. 231
The period of the first word combinationsp. 234
Defining the period of the first word combinationsp. 234
Grammatical development: an overviewp. 236
The grammatical analysis of early word combinationsp. 261
Current theoretical approachesp. 302
The methodology of grammatical analyses of childrenp. 332
Further readingp. 337
The period of simple sentences: phonological and semantic acquisitionp. 340
Introductionp. 340
The phonological acquisition of single morphemesp. 341
The further development of word meaningp. 394
Further readingp. 432
The period of simple sentences: acquisition of grammatical morphemesp. 435
Introductionp. 435
Morphological acquisition in English: a descriptive overviewp. 439
The acquisition of Aux in English questionsp. 454
Other aspects of English grammatical acquisitionp. 465
Cross-linguistic morphological acquisitionp. 493
The explanation of morphological acquisitionp. 499
Linguistic input and grammatical acquisitionp. 506
Further readingp. 513
Concluding remarksp. 516
Bibliographyp. 519
Author indexp. 549
General indexp. 561
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ISBN: 9780521349161
ISBN-10: 0521349168
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 588
Published: 6th November 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.87