9781107404885

Language Development and Age

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    9781107404885

  • ISBN10:

    1107404886

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

This book was first published in 2007. The anecdotal view of language acquisition is that children learn language with apparent ease, no instruction and in very little time, while adults find learning a new language to be cognitively challenging, labour intensive and time-consuming. In this book Herschensohn examines whether early childhood is a critical period for language acquisition after which individuals cannot learn a language as native speakers. She argues that a first language is largely susceptible to age constraints, showing major deficits past the age of twelve. Second-language acquisition also shows age effects, but with a range of individual differences. The competence of expert adult learners, the unequal achievements of child learners of second languages, and the lack of consistent evidence for a maturational cut-off, all cast doubt on a critical period for second-language acquisition.

Table of Contents

Just in time: is there a critical period for language acquisition?
Right on time: process and schedule of first language acquisition
All in good time: a window of opportunity for first language acquisition
Behind time: process and schedule of second language acquisition
Pressed for time: age constraints in second language acquisition
Biding time: further consideration of age and acquisition
It's about time: evaluation of age sensitivity in language acquisition
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