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Language learning : a lifelong process

Author: Joseph Foley; Linda Thompson
Publisher: London : Arnold ; New York : Distributed in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2003.
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"Language Learning provides an introduction to language development that differs from existing books in that it traces language and cognitive development (together with the associated debates) from babyhood, through the school years of middle childhood and adolescence, into adulthood and the world of work."--BOOK JACKET.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Foley; Linda Thompson
ISBN: 0340762810 9780340762813 0340762829 9780340762820
OCLC Number: 50017623
Description: ix, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. What is language? --
Phonemes or sounds --
Learning the phonemes of English --
Learning words: the lexicon --
Learning the grammar or syntax --
Learning to read and write --
2. What we know about language learning --
Baby talk --
Longitudinal studies of children learning language --
Language development and physical factors --
Language and cognition: Jean Piaget (1896-1980) --
Language inside the head --
Noam Chomsky --
Chomsky on Chomsky --
3. Learning to communicate --
The development of pragmatic and communicative competence --
Schema theory --
Frame theory --
Script theory --
Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) --
Vygotsky's zone of proximal development --
4. A social view of language learning --
The Hallidayan description of language as socio-semiotic --
Halliday's description of Nigel learning how to mean --
Painter's description of language as a resource for learning --
Halliday's description of learning how to mean --
5. Learning how to get things done in the first two years of life --
The beginnings --
Trevarthen's primary intersubjectivity --
Secondary intersubjectivity --
Protolanguage --
Into the mother tongue --
Moving towards an adult linguistic system --
Bilingualism and multilingualism. 6. Language as a resource for learning --
Language and thinking --
Children construct knowledge --
Development cannot be separated from its social context --
Learning can lead development --
Language plays a central role in cognitive development --
Language development and learner strategies --
Taking a closer look at what children say and do with language --
The child learning language in a multilingual environment --
7. Language development in the school --
The transition from commonsense knowledge to educational knowledge --
Classroom talk --
Oral genres --
8. Developing language through writing --
Components of the structure of written texts --
Genre --
Core-genre in the development of educational knowledge --
Changing features of writing on entering secondary school --
9. Critical language awareness --
Contextualization --
Meta-level awareness --
Taking a closer look at text types --
What young readers might not know --
10. Multiliteracies --
Television --
Magazines --
11. Learning language(s): creating a linguistic biography --
Aspects of a person's linguistic repertoire --
Contexts and the creation of a linguistic biography --
An ecological description of language development --
Context(s) and language development --
Characteristics of a linguistic biography --
Language development within an ecolinguistic framework.
Responsibility: Joseph Foley and Linda Thompson.
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