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Title: Child Language: Acquision and Growth
Author: Lust, Barbara C
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521444781
Volumes: 1; Pages: 410
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Exploring language development from birth, this accessible textbook introduces the field of child language acquisition, establishing key theoretical debates. It considers what characteristics of the human mind make it possible to acquire language and to what extent acquisition is biologically programmed and influenced by our environment. It inquires as to what makes second language learning (in adulthood) different from first language acquisition; and whether the specific stages in language development are universal across languages. It will be a key text for courses in linguistics, developmental psychology and cognitive science.Contents1. The growth of language2. What is acquired?3. What is the problem of language acquisition?4. How we can construct a theory of language acquisition5. Brain and language development6. The nature of nurture7. How can we tell what children know?: methods for the study of language acquisition8. The acquisition of phonology9. The acquisition of syntax10. The acquisition of semantics11. On the nature of language growth12. Conclusions: towards an integrated theory of language acquisition.