This book presents a general overview of our current knowledge of language development in children. All the principal strands of language development are covered, including phonological, lexical, syntactic and pragmatic development; bilingualism; precursors to language development in infancy; and the language development of children with developmental disabilities, including children with specific language impairment. Written by leading international authorities, each chapter summarises clearly and lucidly our current state of knowledge, and carefully explains and evaluates the theories which have been proposed to account for children's development in that area.
Table of Contents1: A Introduction to the Nature of Language and to the Central Themes and Issues in the Study of Language M. Barrett 2: Prelinguistic Communication V. Reddy 3: Early Speech Perception and Word Learning K. Plunkett, G G. Schafer 4:Phonological Acquisition D. Ingam 5:Early Lexical Development E. Dromi 6:The World of Words: Thoughts on the Development of a Lexicon S.A Kuczaj 7:Early Syntactic Development:A Construction Grammar Approach M. Tomasello, P.J Brooks 8:Some Aspects of Innateness and Complexity in Grammatical Acquisition M. Maratos 9:The Development of Conversational and Discourse Skills B.A Pan, C.E. Snow 10:Bilingual Language Development S.Romaine 11:Sign Language Development J.D Bonvillian 12:Language Development in Atypical Children H. Tager- Flusberg 13:Specific Language Impairment P. Fletcher 14:Towards a Biological Science of Language Development J. Locke.