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Language Acquisition : Studies in First Language Development - Paul Fletcher

Language Acquisition

Studies in First Language Development

By: Paul Fletcher (Editor), Michael Garman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st July 1986
ISBN: 9780521277808
Number Of Pages: 628

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The aim of the first edition of Language Acquisition was to provide as comprehensive a description and explanation as possible of the changes in the child's language as he or she grows older. In this second edition Paul Fletcher and Michael Garman have the same fundamental aim. Six years later the field has not changed dramatically, but there have been fruitful theoretical developments - the learnability hypothesis, in particular, has been influentially expounded - and empirical work seeking evidence of specific language capacities in children has made notable advances. Equally significant are shifts in emphasis: the growing interest in cross-linguistic studies, for example, or accounts of language development of reading and writing. All these changes are reflected in the second edition. About half the chapters are entirely new, having been specially commissioned for this edition. The remainder of the book consists of substantially revised versions of chapters from the first edition. Like its predecessor, this collection is the work of distinguished specialists from many countries and will provide an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike who have an interest in the field of child language acquisition.

Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Contexts and determinantsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Psychosocial aspects of language acquisitionp. 9
Language acquisition and cognitionp. 30
Language acquisition and linguistic theoryp. 49
Conversations with childrenp. 69
Learnabilityp. 90
Variation in child languagep. 109
The development of linguistic systems: phonologyp. 141
Introductionp. 143
Prespeech segmental feature developmentp. 149
Prosodic developmentp. 174
Early strategies for the perception and production of words and soundsp. 198
Phonological development: productionp. 223
Speech perception and the emergent lexicon: an ethological approachp. 240
Phonological development: a crosslinguistic perspectivep. 251
The development of linguistic systems: grammarp. 269
Introductionp. 271
Early vocabularyp. 279
Early syntaxp. 307
Assessing morphological developmentp. 326
Personal pronounsp. 339
Tense and aspectp. 356
Modalityp. 375
Deixisp. 401
A crosslinguistic perspective: morphology and syntaxp. 429
Later language developmentp. 449
Introductionp. 451
Some fundamental aspects of language development after age 5p. 455
The development of reading: the acquisition of a cognitive skillp. 475
Language acquisition and writingp. 494
Notes to chaptersp. 519
Bibliography and citation indexp. 535
General indexp. 603
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ISBN: 9780521277808
ISBN-10: 0521277809
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 628
Published: 21st July 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 2