Since "Baby Talk" became the subject of research thirty years ago, the linguistic environment of infants and toddlers has been widely studied. This book, as well as being an up-to-date statement of the facts and controversies surrounding "Baby Talk," its nature and likely effects, also examines language acquisition in different cultures and family contexts, typical and atypical learners, and in second and foreign language learners. It has been designed as a sequel to Snow and Ferguson's now famous volume Talking to Children.
"Gallaway and Richards succeed in providing articles from a variety of search areas, each of which includes a comprehensive review and an assessment of topics on input and interaction on language acquisition....this book is an invaluable reference for language acquisition researchers..." Hirohide Mori, Issues in Applied Linguistics
List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Introduction; Part I. General Issues: 1. The language of primary caregivers Julian M. Pine; 2. The changing role of negative evidence in theories of language development Jeffrey L. Sokolov and Catherine E. Snow; 3. Crosslinguistic and crosscultural aspects of language addressed to children Elena V. M. Lieven; 4. Child-directed speech and influences on language acquisition: methodology and interpretation Brian J. Richards; Part II. Specific Aspects Of Input And Interaction: 5. The rest of the family: the role of fathers and siblings in early language development Michelle E. Barton and Michael Tomasello; 6. Phonetic and prosodic aspects of baby talk Alan Cruttenden; 7. Language learning at home and school Peter Geekie and Bridie Raban; Part III. Types Of Language Learner: 8. Language interaction with atypical language learners Gina Conti-Ramsden; 9. Interaction and childhood deafness Clare Gallaway and Bencie Woll; 10. Input and interaction in second language acquisition Majorie Bingham Wesche; Conclusion; References; Author index; Subject index.