Blackwell Handbook of Language Development / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Handbook of Language Development provides a comprehensive treatment of the major topics and current concerns in the field; exploring the progress of 21st century research, its precursors, and promising research topics for the future.
• Provides comprehensive treatments of the major topics and current concerns in the field of language development
• Explores foundational and theoretical approaches
• Focuses on the 21st century's research into the areas of brain development, computational skills, bilingualism, education, and cross-cultural comparison
• Looks at language development in infancy through early childhood, as well as atypical development
• Considers the past work, present research, and promising topics for the future.
• Broad coverage makes this an excellent resource for graduate students in a variety of disciplines

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Editorial Reviews

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"Catapulting us full-speed into the twenty-first century, the 'Blackwell Handbook of Language Development' offers a stunning vista on contemporary knowledge about language development in our species. The mystery of the child's linguistic mind is laid bare while thoroughly explaining the important social and cognitive contexts in which it grows. The edition's eminent editors, Hoff and Shatz, offer brilliant insights, theoretical notes, and historical views that give depth and urgency to the field's looming modern questions, and the text's contributors are an international tour-de-force whose ingenious research provide a new look on the magic of human language learning. Fascinating accounts of language development in infancy, early childhood, later childhood, the bilingual child, and atypical language development are included. This must-read text will interest scholars, students, and professionals, alike, and will utterly satisfy all those who have ever marveled at the beauty of language or wondered about how our magnificent human mind discovered and learned it." Laura-Ann Pettito, Dartmouth College

"Hoff and Shatz have gathered an important and lively set of new articles on child language learning with broad topical coverage, and considerable attention to foundational issues as well as recent empirical findings. Diverse points of view are well represented and explained. This collection would certainly be my choice as a text for advanced courses and seminars on language acquisition." Professor Lila Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania

“The authors … have risen to the monumental challenge of charting language development … .The book successfully captures the complexities of language development across time.” Canadian Psychology

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Meet the Author

Erika Hoff is Professor of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. She is author of Language Development (2005).

Marilyn Shatz is Professor of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan. She is author of A Toddler’s Life (1994).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors     viii
Preface     xi
On the Development of the Field of Language Development   Marilyn Shatz     1
Basic Foundations and Theoretical Approaches to Language Development     17
Introduction     19
The Neurodevelopmental Bases of Language   Valerie L. Shafer   Karen Garrido-Nag     21
Formal and Computational Constraints on Language Development   Helen Goodluck     46
Domain-General Learning Capacities   Jenny R. Saffran   Erik D. Thiessen     68
How Inherently Social is Language?   Dare Baldwin   Meredith Meyer     87
Input and the Acquisition of Language: Three Questions   Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole   Erika Hoff     107
The Emergence of Language: A Dynamical Systems Account   Julia L. Evans     128
Language Development in Infancy     149
Introduction     151
Experiential Influences on Speech Perception and Speech Production in Infancy   Linda Polka   Susan Rvachew   Karen Mattock     153
Acquiring Linguistic Structure   LouAnn Gerken     173
Cognitive Processes in Early Word Learning   Diane Poulin-Dubois   Susan A. Graham     191
Syntactic Supports for Word Learning   Letitia R. Naigles   Lauren D. Swensen     212
Language Development in Early Childhood     233
Introduction     235
Phonological Development   Carol Stoel-Gammon   Anna Vogel Sosa     238
Mechanisms of Word Learning   Gil Diesendruck     257
The Abstract Nature of Syntactic Representations: Consequences for a Theory of Learning   Jeffrey Lidz     277
Conversational Understanding in Young Children   Michael Siegal   Luca Surian     304
Bilingual First Language Acquisition   Fred Genesee   Elena Nicoladis     324
Language Development after Early Childhood     343
Introduction     345
Developing Linguistic Knowledge and Language Use Across Adolescence   Ruth A. Berman     347
Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children in the Early School Years   D. Kimbrough Oller   Linda Jarmulowicz     368
Second Language Acquisition in Childhood   Johanne Paradis     387
Atypical Language Development     407
Introduction     409
Children with Specific Language Impairment: Bridging the Genetic and Developmental Perspectives   Mabel L. Rice     411
Atypical Language Development: Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders   Helen Tager-Flusberg     432
Reading and Reading Disorders   Heikki Lyytinen   Jane Erskine   Mikko Aro   Ulla Richardson     454
Author Index     475
Subject Index     482
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