Language Acquisition: Core Readings

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Language Acquisition offers, in one convenient reader, work by the most outstanding researchers in each field and is intended as a snapshot of the sort of theory and research taking place in language acquisition in the 1990s. All of the articles and chapters were chosen to reflect topics and debates of current interest, and all take an interdisciplinary approach to language development, relating the study of how a child comes to possess a language to issues within linguistics, computational theory, biology, social cognition, and comparative psychology.

While there are several introductory texts on language development, and countless collections of articles, these scientists are asking about language acquisition, the important experimental findings, and the key theoretical debates, suitable for students at advanced levels and scholars with a range of different perspectives and interests.

The readings are organized into six sections:- the onset of language development,- word learning,- syntax and semantics,- morphology,- acquisition in special circumstances, and- alternative perspectives.Each section serves as an introduction to a specific area and provides sufficient background for further reading.

Contributors: Dare A. Baldwin. Paul Bloom. Melissa Bowerman. Kathie L. Carpenter. Eve V. Clark. Stephen Crain. Richard F. Cromer. Anne Fernald. Lila Gleitman. Richard Goldberg. Susan Goldin-Meadow. Peter Gordon. Jess Gropen. Michelle Hollander. Janellen Huttenlocher. Annette Karmiloff-Smith. Ellen M.Markman. Peter Marler. Jay L. McClelland. Carolyn Mylander. Elissa L. Newport.

Laura Ann Petitto. Steven Pinker. David E. Rumelhart. Patricia Smiley.A Bradford Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262521871
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/1993
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Language acquisitions 1
Overview: Controversies in language acquisition 5
Pt. 1 The onset of language development 49
1.1 Human maternal vocalizations to infants as biologically relevant signals: An evolutionary perspective 51
1.2 Modularity and constraints in early lexical acquisition: Evidence from children's early language and gesture 95
Pt. 2 Word learning 127
2.1 Infant contributions to the achievement of joint reference 129
2.2 Constraints children place on word meanings 154
2.3 The structural sources of verb meanings 174
2.4 Early word meanings: The case of object names 222
Pt. 3 Syntax and semantics 249
3.1 The notion of source in language acquisition 251
3.2 Affectedness and direct objects: The role of lexical semantics in the acquisition of verb argument structure 285
3.3 Learning a semantic system: What role do cognitive predispositions play? 329
3.4 Language acquisition in the absence of experience 364
3.5 Language growth with experience without feedback 411
Pt. 4 Morphology 421
4.1 On learning the past tenses of English verbs 423
4.2 Rules of language 472
4.3 Level-ordering in lexical development 485
Pt. 5 Acquisition in special circumstances 505
5.1 Beyond the input given: The child's role in the acquisition of language 507
5.2 Maturational constraints on language learning 543
Pt. 6 Alternative perspectives 561
6.1 Innate constraints and developmental change 563
6.2 The instinct to learn 591
Index 618
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