Child Language: Acquisition and Growth by Barbara C. LustChild Language: Acquisition and Growth by Barbara C. Lust

Child Language: Acquisition and Growth

byBarbara C. Lust

Paperback | October 2, 2006

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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.
Barbara Lust is Professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University.
Title:Child Language: Acquisition and GrowthFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:406 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.94 inShipping dimensions:9.72 × 6.85 × 0.94 inPublished:October 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521449227

ISBN - 13:9780521449229


Table of Contents

1. The growth of language; 2. What is acquired?; 3. What is the problem of language acquisition?; 4. How we can construct a theory of language acquisition; 5. Brain and language development; 6. The nature of nurture; 7. How can we tell what children know?: methods for the study of language acquisition; 8. The acquisition of phonology; 9. The acquisition of syntax; 10. The acquisition of semantics; 11. On the nature of language growth; 12. Conclusions: towards an integrated theory of language acquisition.

Editorial Reviews

"This volume provides an excellent overview of the theoretical and empirical advances in this field over the past 30 years...The writing is lucid and engaging..." -Susan A. Gelman, University of Michigan: Studies in Second Language Acquisition