Acquisition and Growth
By (author) Barbara Lust
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Child Language by Barbara Lust
Book DescriptionThe remarkable way in which young children acquire language has long fascinated linguists and developmental psychologists alike. Language is a skill that we have essentially mastered by the age of three, and with incredible ease and speed, despite the complexity of the task. This accessible textbook introduces the field of child language acquisition, exploring language development from birth. Setting out the key theoretical debates, it considers questions such as what characteristics of the human mind make it possible to acquire language; how far acquisition is biologically programmed and how far it is influenced by our environment; what makes second language learning (in adulthood) different from first language acquisition; and whether the specific stages in language development are universal across languages. Clear and comprehensive, it is set to become a key text for all courses in child language acquisition, within linguistics, developmental psychology and cognitive science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521444781
(247mm x 174mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Barbara Lust
First Language Acquisition, Paperback (November 2003)
* Collects classic works that provide the foundation for current research in the field of first language acquisition. * Includes selections from Noam Chomsky, Jean Piaget, Eric Lenneberg and Roman Jakobson, as well as others who contributed groundbreaking discoveries, insights, concepts, and methods.
Syntactic Theory and First Language Acquisition, Hardback (December 1994)» View all books by Barbara Lust
Universal Grammar is a theory of the fundamental principles for all possible languages and the language faculty in the "initial state" of the human organism. This volume contains comparable studies across a number of different languages, and explores issues surrounding cross-linguistic variations.
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Author Biography - Barbara Lust
Barbara Lust is Professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University, New York.
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