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First language acquisition : method, description, and explanation

Author: David Ingram
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The study of children's language acquisition is a topic without a discipline. There are virtually no university departments of language acquisition, and only one major journal devoted to the topic. Language acquisition is instead a subfield of other areas, such as linguistics, psychology, education, and communication disorders. These disciplines approach this topic from very different perspectives, resulting in a  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Ingram
ISBN: 0521341094 9780521341097 0521349168 9780521349161
OCLC Number: 18013919
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xi, 572 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foundations --
The history of child language studies --
The period of diary studies (1876-1926) --
The period of large sample studies (1926-1957) --
The period of longitudinal language sampling (1957 to present) --
Stages of language acquisition --
Some possible meanings of 'stage' --
Some proposals on stages of acquisition --
Descriptive vs. explanatory stage --
Explanation and language acquisition --
Child Language vs. Language Acquisition --
A theory of acquisition --
Theoretical assumptions about language acquisition --
Sources of variation among children --
Milestones --
The period of prelinguistic development --
Infant speech perception --
Infant speech production --
Early cognitive development --
The linguistic environment --
The period of single-word utterances --
The definition of word acquisition --
Early word comprehension and production --
The explanation of early word meaning --
Pragmatic and grammatical development --
The onset of phonemic perception and production --
The linguistic environment --
The period of the first word combinations --
Defining the period of the first word combinations --
Grammatical development: an overview --
The grammatical analysis of early word combinations --
Current theoretical approaches --
The methodology of grammatical analyses of children --
The period of simple sentences: phonological and semantic acquisition --
The phonological acquisition of single morphemes --
The further development of word meaning --
The period of simple sentences: acquisition of grammatical morphemes.
Responsibility: David Ingram.
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