How Children Learn Language

Author: William O'Grady
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139442152
Release Date: 2005-01-06
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Adults tend to take language for granted - until they have to learn a new one. Then they realize how difficult it is to get the pronunciation right, to acquire the meaning of thousands of new words, and to learn how those words are put together to form sentences. Children, however, have mastered language before they can tie their shoes. In this engaging and accessible book, William O'Grady explains how this happens, discussing how children learn to produce and distinguish among sounds, their acquisition of words and meanings, and their mastery of the rules for building sentences. How Children Learn Language provides readers with a highly readable overview not only of the language acquisition process itself, but also of the ingenious experiments and techniques that researchers use to investigate his mysterious phenomenon. It will be of great interest to anyone - parent or student - wishing to find out how children acquire language.

Child Language

Author: Alison J. Elliot
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521295564
Release Date: 1981-04-23
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

The way children learn their native language has been the subject of intense and widespread investigation in the last decades, stimulated by advances in theoretical linguistics and the behavioural sciences. For the student, this has meant a bewildering number of research reports, often differing in their theoretical viewpoint and the methodological approach they advocate, and apparently conflicting in their conclusions. Child Language provides the student with a cool, clear and concise survey of the most important recent research work, and puts into perspective the contributions made by Chomsky, Piaget and others. The research surveyed, though primarily of English-speaking children, includes studies of children whose first language is not English and bilingual children. Dr Elliot believes that the study of child language necessarily raises questions about the nature of language - is human language something only humans can learn? - and about learning itself - how does our ability to learn language depend on biological factors, such as our age, and how important is our social and linguistic environment? Little justification is found for the view that language has an independent existence for the young child, and their linguistic achievements are studied within the context of their development in general.

The Cambridge Handbook of Psycholinguistics

Author: Michael Spivey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521677929
Release Date: 2012-08-20
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This comprehensive collection of chapters is written by leading researchers in psycholinguistics from a wide array of subfields.

First Language Acquisition

Author: David Ingram
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521349168
Release Date: 1989-09-07
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A closely analyzed exposition of how children acquire language that explores the receptive and productive abilities of children in all core areas of language--phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Readers will acquire the fundamental knowledge and skill not only to interpret primary literature but to approach their own research with sophistication. While the descriptive facts that are currently available on first language acquisition are central to the book, its emphasis on methodology and explanation distinguishes this text from others. The various ways in which research is conducted is discussed in detail, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, leading to new perspectives on key theoretical issues.

First Language Acquisition

Author: Eve V. Clark
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521629977
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Takes a comprehensive look at where and when children acquire a first language.

Child Language Acquisition

Author: Ben Ambridge
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139500511
Release Date: 2011-03-17
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Is children's language acquisition based on innate linguistic structures or built from cognitive and communicative skills? This book summarises the major theoretical debates in all of the core domains of child language acquisition research (phonology, word-learning, inflectional morphology, syntax and binding) and includes a complete introduction to the two major contrasting theoretical approaches: generativist and constructivist. For each debate, the predictions of the competing accounts are closely and even-handedly evaluated against the empirical data. The result is an evidence-based review of the central issues in language acquisition research that will constitute a valuable resource for students, teachers, course-builders and researchers alike.

Language Its Structure and Use

Author: Edward Finegan
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285052458
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Genre: Education

This best-selling introductory linguistics textbooks treats language as both a system (structure) and a social tool (use) - an approach that serves students in many disciplines, especially linguistics, English, speech communication, and education. Features such as “What Do You Think?” and “Try It Yourself” prompt students to consider language in daily life and to begin thinking about language analysis, while new “Language at the Bar” features show them the real-world applications of linguistic analysis to criminal and civil legal cases. The wide range of exercises includes “Especially for Educators and Future Teachers” sections ideal for future educators, as well as “Practice Exercises,” “Based on English,” and end-of-chapter review sections. Based on sound scholarship and framed in a clear, friendly presentation, LANGUAGE: ITS STRUCTURE AND USE, Seventh Edition, helps students understand the uniquely human trait of language. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Linguistics The Cambridge Survey Volume 3 Language Psychological and Biological Aspects

Author: Frederick J. Newmeyer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521375827
Release Date: 1989-07-28
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey is a comprehensive introduction to current research in all branches of the field of linguistics, from syntactic theory to ethnography of speaking, from signed language to the mental lexicon, from language acquisition to discourse analysis. Each chapter has been written by a specialist particularly distinguished in his or her field who has accepted the challenge of reviewing the current issues and future prospects in sufficient depth for the scholar and with sufficient clarity for the student. Each volume can be read independently and has a particular focus. Volume I covers the internal structure of the language faculty itself, while Volume II considers the evidence for, and the implications of, a generativist approach to language. Psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics are covered in Volume III, and Volume IV concentrates on sociolinguistics and the allied fields of anthropological linguistics and discourse and conversation analysis. Several of the chapters in the work concentrate on the interface between different aspects of linguistic theory or the boundaries between linguistic theory and other disciplines. Thus in both its scope and in its approach, the Survey is a unique and fundamental reference work. It undoubtedly fulfills the editor's aims of providing a wealth of information, insight, and ideas that will excite and challenge all readers with an interest in linguistics.

Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development

Author: Melissa Bowerman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521593581
Release Date: 2001-01-11
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Leading scholars examine the relationship between child language acquisition and cognitive development.

Language Acquisition

Author: Paul Fletcher
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521277809
Release Date: 1986-05-22
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

An invaluable resource for students and professionals alike with an interest in child language acquisition.

The Price of Linguistic Productivity

Author: Charles Yang
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262035323
Release Date: 2016-10-14
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

An investigation of how children balance rules and exceptions when they learn languages.

Knowledge and Learning in Natural Language

Author: Charles D. Yang
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 019925415X
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This book presents a new theory of how children acquire language and discusses its implications for a wide range of topics. It explores the roles of innateness and experience in language acquisition, provides further evidence for the theory of Universal Grammar, and shows how linguisticdevelopment in children is a driving force behind language shifts and changes.Charles Yang surveys a wide range of errors in children's language and identifies overlooked patterns. He combines these with work in biological evolution in order to develop a model of language acquisition by which to understand the interaction between children's internal linguistic knowledge andtheir external linguistic experience. He then presents evidence from his own and others' research in the acquisition of syntax and morphology and data from historical language change to test its validity. The model is the first to make quantitative and cross-linguistic predictions about childlanguage. It may also be deployed as a predictive model of language change which, when the evidence is available, could explain why grammars change in a particular direction at a particular time.Knowledge and Learning in Natural Language is a pioneering work at the centre of current concerns in linguistics and cognitive science. It will interest all those concerned to understand and explain language acquisition, Universal Grammar, and language change.

Teaching Languages to Young Learners

Author: Lynne Cameron
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521773256
Release Date: 2001-03-15
Genre: Education

This book will develop readers' understanding of children are being taught a foreign language.

Language Learning and Deafness

Author: Michael Strong
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521335795
Release Date: 1988-01-29
Genre: Education

An important new collection of original papers dealing with essential issues and research in the learning of language by deaf people. The book addresses issues in the fields of second language acquisition and deafness, and draws upon the fields of linguistics, psychology, and education. Of particular importance is the relationship between the learning of English by the deaf and by hearing speakers of other languages. The first five chapters concern theoretical issues on language varieties among the deaf population, American sign language and the biology of language, sign language instruction, and language education of deaf children from both historical and bilingual perspectives. The second half of the book contains six original, previously unpublished research reports on topics related to language learning by deaf children and adults.