How Children Learn Language
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How Children Learn Language by William O'Grady
Book DescriptionAdults tend to take language for granted - until they have to learn a new one. Then they realize how difficult it is to get the pronunciation right, to acquire the meaning of thousands of new words, and to learn how those words are put together to form sentences. Children, however, have mastered language before they can tie their shoes. In this engaging and accessible book, William O'Grady explains how this happens, discussing how children learn to produce and distinguish among sounds, their acquisition of words and meanings, and their mastery of the rules for building sentences. How Children Learn Language provides readers with a highly readable overview not only of the language acquisition process itself, but also of the ingenious experiments and techniques that researchers use to investigate his mysterious phenomenon. It will be of great interest to anyone - parent or student - wishing to find out how children acquire language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521531924
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William O'Grady
Handbook of Language Emergence, Hardback (January 2015)
* Explores the latest integrated theory for understanding human language, creating an inclusive and in-depth text on the rapidly evolving emergentist paradigm * Brings together an international team of contributors, including the most prominent advocates of emergentist accounts of language.
Contemporary Linguistics, Paperback (June 2011)
A comprehensive, fully up-to-date introduction to linguistics. The book covers not only how language is structured, but also how it functions both socially and culturally, and how it is acquired and processed by speakers. It will prepare students to go on to more advanced work and, at the same time, will serve as a basic reference.
Syntactic Carpentry, Paperback (March 2005)
This approach to the study of sentence formation builds on the emergentist thesis that the structure and use of language is shaped by more basic, non-linguistic forces rather than by an innate Universal Grammar. William O'Grady situates emergentism in a broader picture
Syntactic Development, Paperback (August 1997)» View all books by William O'Grady
A broad critical survey of the research literature on child language development, providing coverage of both theoretical and empirical issues. Covering a wide range of perspectives, this text constructs a picture of how children acquire the syntax of English.
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Author Biography - William O'Grady
William O'Grady is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii.
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