The Child Language Reader / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $110.88
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 23%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $110.88   
  • New (3) from $110.88   
  • Used (2) from $128.64   


The Child Language Reader provides an introduction to the most important research in child language acquisition and development. Including extensive editorial introductions, which explain key background, assumptions and terminology, and organised into thematic sections, the book is designed to bring the reader into direct contact with original research, but in a supported and guided environment. Covering a range of different theoretical standpoints, The Child Language Reader offers a comprehensive overview of the field, and is a definitive resource for anyone with an interest in child language.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'This reader is recommended for the variety and breadth of the papers presented. In addition, objective editing allows the reader to evaluate the value of the ideas presented for herself.' - Linguist List
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415281003
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Trott, formerly Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at York St John College, and Sushie Dobbinson, formerly Head of Programme for Linguistics at York St John College, are now both based at Sheffield University, UK. Patrick Griffiths is a Professor of English at Beppu University, Japan.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface. Acknowledgements. Notes on Contributors Section 1: The Social Matrix of Language Development 1.1 Conversations Between Mothers and Young Children: Individual Differences and Their Possible Implication for the Study of Language Learning Elena Lieven 1.2 The Acquisition of Gender-Differentiated Language Jennifer Coates Section 2: Methodology 2.1 Ethical standards through the research process Priscilla Alderson 2.2 Introduction [to the CHILDES Project] Brian MacWhinney 2.3 Investigating the validity of a new measure of lexical diversity for root and inflected forms Brian Richards and David Malvern Section 3: Meanings 3.1 Symmetries and asymmetries in early lexical comprehension and production Margaret Harris, Caroline Yeeles, Joan Chasin and Yvonne Oakley 3.2 Restricting a Familiar Name in Response to Learning a New One: Evidence For the Mutual Exclusivity Bias in Young Two-Year-Olds William Merriman and Colleen Stevenson 3.3 From Universal to Language-Specific in Early Grammatical Development Melissa Bowerman Section 4: Word and Sentence Structure 4.1 The Role of Syntax in Verb Learning Lila Gleitman and Jane Gillette 4.2 How to Build a Lexicon: A Case Study of Lexical Errors and Innovations Deanne Swan Section 5: Phonology 5.1 On the Acquisition of Velars E. Jane Fee 5.2 Syllable Structure and Minimal Words Carol Stoel-Gammon
Section 6: Explanations of Language Development 6.1 Filler Syllables: What is Their Status in Emerging Grammar? Ann Peters 6.2 Underspecification and Modularity in Early Syntax: A Formalist Perspective on Language Acquisition Nina Hyams 6.3 Emergent Language Brian MacWhinney Section 7: Bilingualism and Cross-Cultural Comparisons 7.1 Bilingual Language Development Suzanne Romaine 7.2 Theories, Language and Culture: Whorf Without Wincing Alison Gopnik.
Appendix: About Statistical Analysis. Bibliography. Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)