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The Social and Cognitive Aspects of Normal and Atypical Language Development

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This volume examines language acquisition among children with normal and atypical development. Its purpose is to convey and discuss the factors which may constrain or enhance children's acquisition of early language skills. Chapters by well-known researchers from Europe and North America address the range of social and cognitive aspects of children's language development. The studies provide new knowledge about cognitive deficits and specific interaction strategies, demonstrating the diversity and the resilience ...

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Overview

This volume examines language acquisition among children with normal and atypical development. Its purpose is to convey and discuss the factors which may constrain or enhance children's acquisition of early language skills. Chapters by well-known researchers from Europe and North America address the range of social and cognitive aspects of children's language development. The studies provide new knowledge about cognitive deficits and specific interaction strategies, demonstrating the diversity and the resilience of such strategies, as well as the need to integrate this knowledge when formulating general principles of language acquisition. The integration of normal and atypical development make this book of interest to researchers in language development as well as professionals working with language intervention.

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1 Language Development in Context.- 2 Individual Differences in Early Communicative Development: A Social Constructivist Perspective.- 3 Imitation at the Onset of Speech.- 4 Case Studies of Maternal Speech to Prelinguistic Children in the Format of Object Transfer.- 5 Studies of Vocalization and Gesture in the Transition to Speech.- 6 Forms and Functions of Communication by Children with Down Syndrome and Nonretarded Children with Their Mothers.- 7 Communication and Language Development in Children of Deaf Parents.- 8 Cognitive and Social Factors as Predictors of Normal and Atypical Language Development.- Author Index.

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