The Development of Language

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-19
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The seventh edition ofThe Development of Language,written and contributed by leading researchers, covers language acquisition and development from infancy through adulthood. This authoritative text is ideal for courses that take a developmental approach to language acquisition across the full life span, from infancy through the aging process. The text thoroughly explores syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology, and pragmatics. It examines atypical development with attention to the most common disorders affecting language acquisition, presents strong coverage of individual differences in language acquisition and learning, describes how and why they occur, and provides contemporary references and the most recent research findings. The panel of expert authors provides students with cutting-edge research knowledge in an interesting and highly readable format. The goal is the best and most up-to-date information for the student, with guides for further exploration of topics of interest. The emphasis on change over the life span is even more important to students from all fields, since it reinforces current developments in cognitive neuroscience that indicate language, once acquired, is not static, but rather, undergoes constant neural reorganization.

Table of Contents

The Development of Language: An Overview and a Preview
An Overview of the Course of Language Development
The Biological Bases of Language
The Structure of Language: Learning the System
The Study of Language Development
Suggested Projects
Suggested Readings
Key Words
Communication Development in Infancy
The Expression of Communicative Intent Before Speech
The Social Context of the Preverbal Infant
Suggested Projects
Suggested Readings
Key Words
Phonological Development: Learning Sounds and Sound PatternsLise Menn, University of Colorado
English Speech Sounds and Sound Patterns
Infant Speech Perception
Production: The Prelinguistic Period
The Beginning of Phonological Development: Protowords
Cognitive Approaches to the Acquisition of Phonology
Learning to Pronounce
Development after Three Years
The Acquisition of English Morphophonology
Parental Role in Phonological Development
Suggested Projects
Suggested Readings
Key Words
Semantic Development
Graduate School of Education
The Relations between Words and Their Referents
Theoretical Perspectives on Semantic Development
Early Words
How Adult Speech Influences Children's Semantic Development
Later Semantic Development
Factors influencing children's vocabulary development
Metalinguistic Development
Suggested Projects
Suggested Readings
Key Words
Putting Words Together: Morphology and Syntax in the Preschool Years
School of Medicine
The Nature of Syntactic Rules
Studying Syntactic Development
Entering the Complex Linguistic System
Measuring Syntactic Growth
Two-Word Utterances
Developing Grammatical Morphemes
Different Sentence Modalities
Later Developments in Preschoolers
Beyond the Preschool Years
Knowledge vs. Processing
Suggested Projects
Suggested Readings
Key Words
Language in Social Contexts: Communicative Competence in the Preschool Years
Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Communicative Competence
Language in Social Contexts
The Difficulty of Acquiring Communicative Competence
Influences on the Acquisition of Communicative Competence
The Significance of Communicative Competence
Suggested Projects
Suggested Readings
Key Words
Theoretical Approaches to Language Development
Behavioral Approaches
Evaluation of the Behavioral Approaches
Linguistic Approaches
Evaluation of the Linguistic Approach
Interactionist Approaches
Summary and New Directions
Suggested Projects
Suggested Readings
Key Words
Individual Differences in Language Development
Harvard Graduate School of Education
The History of Individual Differences in Child Language Research
Individual Differences in Early Words
Segmenting the Speech Stream
Individual Differences in Early Sentences
Stability of Individual Differences
Sources of Variation
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