Language Acquisition: The State of the Art

Language Acquisition: The State of the Art

by Eric Wanner

This book offers a comprehensive study of language development.See more details below


This book offers a comprehensive study of language development.

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Cambridge University Press
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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; Part I. The Logic of Language Acquisition: 1. Language acquisition: the state of the state of the art Lila R. Gleitman and Eric Wanner; Part II. Preconditions for Language Acquisition: 2. The resilience of recursion: a study of a communication system developed without a conventional language model Susan Goldin-Meadow; 3. Why short subjects are harder to find than long ones Charles Read and Peter Schreiber; 4. On mechanisms of language acquisition: can features of the communicative environment account for development? Marilyn Shatz; 5. Universal and particular in the acquisition of language Dan I. Slobin; Part III. The Development of Grammar: 6. Functionalist approaches to grammar Elizabeth Bates and Brian MacWhinney; 7. On what cases categories there are, why they are, and how they develop: an amalgam of a priori considerations, speculation and evidence from children Martin D. S. Braine and Judith A. Hardy; 8. The child's construction of grammatical categories Michael Maratsos; 9. The role of universals in the acquisition of gerunds Thomas Roeper; 10. A principle theory for language acquisition Kenneth Wexler; Part IV. Semantic and Lexical Development: 11. Reorganisational processes in lexical and syntactic development Melissa Bowerman; 12. Semantic development: the state of the art Susan Carey; 13. The young word maker: a case study of innovation in the child's lexicon Eve V. Clark; Part V. Alternative Conceptions of Acquisition: 14. Some implications of the nonspecific bases of language T. G. Bever; 15. Task specificity in language learning? Evidence from speech perception and American Sign Language Elissa L. Newport; References; Index.

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