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Language Acquisition : The State of the Art - Eric Wanner

Language Acquisition

The State of the Art

By: Eric Wanner (Editor), Lila R. Gleitman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th April 1983
ISBN: 9780521282383
Number Of Pages: 544

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This book offers a comprehensive study of language development. The contributors, all well-known psychologists, represent a very broad range of theoretical persuasion. Each chapter summarises research on a major problem and relates results to fundamental questions about how children acquire language. Among the issues treated are the role of input in acquisition, the processes of underlying lexical and semantic development, the implications of cross-linguistic research for acquisition theory, the pros and cons of functionalist approaches to language learning and the psychological consequences of a major new formal theory of language learning. In their long and thoughtful introduction, the editors demonstrate the complementarity of studies focused on seemingly separate problems and identify apparent trends, both theoretical and methodological. Taken together, these chapters provide an entry point into an increasingly complex field for the growing number of researchers and students in psychology and linguistics whose work requires an understanding of the child's first steps in language.

List of contributors
The Logic of Language Acquisition
Language acquisition: the state of the state of the art
Preconditions for Language Acquisition
The resilience of recursion: a study of a communication system developed without a conventional language model
Why short subjects are harder to find than long ones
On mechanisms of language acquisition: can features of the communicative environment account for development?
Universal and particular in the acquisition of language
The Development of Grammar
Functionalist approaches to grammar
On what cases categories there are, why they are, and how they develop: an amalgam of a priori considerations, speculation and evidence from children
The child's construction of grammatical categories
The role of universals in the acquisition of gerunds
A principle theory for language acquisition
Semantic and Lexical Development
Reorganisational processes in lexical and syntactic development
Semantic development: the state of the art
The young word maker: a case study of innovation in the child's lexicon
Alternative Conceptions of Acquisition
Some implications of the nonspecific bases of language
Task specificity in language learning? Evidence from speech perception and American Sign Language
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ISBN: 9780521282383
ISBN-10: 0521282381
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 11th April 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.07
Weight (kg): 0.79

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