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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Language Its Structure and Use

Author: Edward Finegan
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285052458
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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 2 Linguistic Theory Extensions and Implications

Author: Frederick J. Newmeyer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521375819
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey is a comprehensive introduction to prevalent 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 work of reference. It undoubtedly fulfils the editor's principal aim of providing a wealth of information, insight and ideas that will excite and challenge all readers with an interest in linguistics.

Language Development

Author: Rachel Rudman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108402279
Release Date: 2018-01-31
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Essential study guides for the future linguist. Language Development is an introduction to how we learn to speak, read and write. It is suitable for advanced level students and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it considers the theoretical approaches to language development from early childhood to teenager. Language Development explores the lifelong process of learning a language, as well as the social factors that affect it. Using activities to help explain analysis methods, this book guides students through major modern issues and concepts. It summarises key concerns and modern findings, while providing inspiration for language investigations and non-examined assessments (NEAs) with research suggestions.

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.

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

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.