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Language acquisition : the age factor

Author: D M Singleton
Publisher: Clevedon, Avon, England ; Philadelphia, Pa, USA : Multilingual Matters, ©1989.
Series: Multilingual matters (Series), 47.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The evidence for an age factor in language acquisition is examined here, from studies of "wolf children" to the mental capacities of the very old. The book also covers broader theoretical issues and, on a practical note, the ramifications of the age question with regard to second language tuition.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Singleton, D.M. (David Michael).
Language acquisition.
Clevedon, Avon, England ; Philadelphia, Pa, USA : Multilingual Matters, ©1989
(OCoLC)645182212
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D M Singleton
ISBN: 1853590207 9781853590207 1853590193 9781853590191
OCLC Number: 18105806
Description: xii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Evidence of speech milestones: the early stages; later stages; speech processing milestones; evidence from abnormal language development and language disorders. Part 2 The critical period hypothesis - first language-related evidence: the onset of the critical period; the end of the critical period; first language development after puberty; a decline into the vale of years? Part 3 The critical period hypothesis - second language evidence: the younger=better position; the older=better position; the younger=better at acquiring accent BICS position; the younger=better in the long run position; age and the second language learning process. Part 4 Theoretical perspectives: the ageing of the senses; age and competition between languages; neurolinguistics and the critical period; cognitive developmental views; affect and motivation; age and input; the de-coupling hypothesis; the age factor and nativism. Part 5 The educational dimension: second languages in the early school years; second languages for the young-old.
Series Title: Multilingual matters (Series), 47.
Responsibility: David Singleton.

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