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From First Words to Grammar : Individual Differences and Dissociable Mechanisms - Elizabeth Bates

From First Words to Grammar

Individual Differences and Dissociable Mechanisms

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Published: 20th April 1992
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This book is the first comprehensive study of the passage from first words to grammar in a sample of children large enough to permit systematic analysis of individual differences in style and rate of development. The authors provide a large body of information about first words and early grammatical development in qualitative and quantitative patterns that are useful not only for researchers in the field, but for speech/language pathologists and early childhood educators interested in the assessment of early language. They also address one of the most controversial theoretical issues in modern linguistics and psycholinguistics: the problem of modularity, with individual differences suggesting that components of language can come apart in early stages, developing at different rates in different children. But these differences appear to cut across the supposed boundaries between grammatical and lexical development, suggesting that the same mechanisms are responsible for both. The results support a unified functionalist approach to language development, and have implications for the way we think about the structure and breakdown of language under normal and abnormal conditions.

"[The authors'] challenging and fruitful questioning and their innovation in methodologies will be much more valuable for the future of the field than most of the empty theoretical fabrications that are so common in developmental psycholinguistics." Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography "Their [the authors'] challenging and fruitful questioning and their innovation in methodologies will be much more valuable for the future of the field than most of the empty theoretical fabrications that are so common in developmental psycholinguistics." Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography "The major contribution certainly, is the enormous body of data and the intensity of the analysis. The eventual outcome is the elucidation of mechanisms for language learning that turn out to be complex and constantly changing, but in any case, not describable by the 'vertical' categories of syntax and semantics. The book is an important addition to the research literature on language acquisition..." Journal of the American Speech and Hearing Association

Preface
Acknowledgements
Background
Introduction
Modules and mechanisms
Individual differences and the correlational method
Review of the individual differences literature
Individual Studies
Overall Design of Longitudinal Study
Study 1: comprehension and production at 10 and 13 months
Study 2: the meaning of mean length of utterance at 20 months
Study 3: lexical development and lexical style at 20 months
Study 4. single- and multiword comprehension at 20 months
Study 5: acquisition of a novel concept at 20 months
Study 6: the meaning of mean length of utterance at 28 months
Study 7. lexical development and lexical style at 28 months
Study 8: morphological productivity at 28 months
Study 9: lexical comprehension and the question of intelligence
Study 10: grammatical comprehension at 28 months
A Summary View: 15. Study 11: a factor analytic approach
Study 12: social contributions to individual differences
Conclusion
References
Index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521425001
ISBN-10: 052142500X
Series: From First Words to Grammar
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 20th April 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.5