The Origins of Grammar: Evidence from Early Language Comprehension / Edition 1

The Origins of Grammar: Evidence from Early Language Comprehension / Edition 1

by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta M. Golinkoff
     
 

The authors of The Origins of Grammar have pioneered one of the most important methodological advances in language learning in the past decade: the intermodal preferential looking paradigm, which can be used to assess lexical and syntactic knowledge in children as young as thirteen months. They describe a theory of language learning that emphasizes the

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The authors of The Origins of Grammar have pioneered one of the most important methodological advances in language learning in the past decade: the intermodal preferential looking paradigm, which can be used to assess lexical and syntactic knowledge in children as young as thirteen months. They describe a theory of language learning that emphasizes the role of multiple cues and forces in development. They further show how infants shift their reliance on different aspects of the linguistic input, moving from a bias to attend to prosodic information to a reliance on semantic information, and finally to a reliance on the syntax itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262581806
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/16/1999
Series:
Language, Speech, and Communication
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Theories of Language Acquisition11
Ch. 3The Intermodal Preferential Looking Paradigm53
Ch. 4Infants' Perception of Constituent Structure73
Ch. 5Single-Word Speakers' Comprehension of Word Order99
Ch. 6Young Children's Use of Syntactic Frames to Derive Meaning123
Ch. 7A Coalition Model of Language Comprehension159
Notes203
References205
Index223

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