Understanding Children with Language Problems / Edition 1by Shula Chiat
Pub. Date: 05/28/2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Some children can hear and can speak, yet have trouble understanding or producing utterances. In this accessible introduction to the study of children's language difficulties, Shula Chiat explores the stumbling blocks that lie behind their struggle. The uniqueness of this book lies in its focus on individual children, the extensive and intriguing examples that illustrate their problems, and the step-by-step search for the source of those problems. This book will be welcomed by students of linguistics, language development and language disorders; teachers of language-impaired children; and speech and language therapists.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; Glossary of text conventions and symbols; Introduction; Part I. Problems with Words: 1. What's in a word?; 2. The child's road to words; 3. Blocks on the road to words; 4. Exploring the blockage; 5. 'Dant always day dings': problems with phonology; 6. 'Stip' or 'step' or 'slip' or what?: problems with lexical processing; Part II. Grappling with Verb Structure: 7. Translating events; 8. Growing verb structures; 9. Shortfalls with verbs; 10. 'Thing out. Tip in there': problems with verb processing; Part III. Missing Function Morphemes: 11. Filling out sentences; 12. 'That one not working, see': problems with auxiliary verb processing; Part VI. Hidden Meanings, Baffling Meanings: 13. The roots of meaning; 14. '[æ] you don't tell nobody this?': strengths in pragmatic processing; 15. 'I can speak Chinese. But I can't speak Chinese': problems in pragmatic processing; Endpoint and springboard; Further reading; References; Index.
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