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A mother-daughter collaboration, this text balances the respected views of a scholar with the fresh perspective of a younger colleague prepared to challenge current popular positions in these debates. The result is a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of language acquisition, from fetal speech processing to the development of child grammar to the sophisticated linguistic accomplishments of adolescence, such as engaging in conversation and telling a story. With examples from the real world as well as from the psychology laboratory, Kyra Karmiloff and Annette Karmiloff-Smith look in detail at the way language users appropriate words and grammar. They present in-depth evaluations of different theories of language acquisition. They show how adolescent usage has changed the meaning of certain phrases, and how modern living has led to alterations in the lexicon. They also consider the phenomenon of atypical language development, as well as theoretical issues of nativism and empiricism and the specificity of human language. Their nuanced and open-minded approach allows readers to survey the complexity and breadth of the fascinating pathways to language acquisition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674008359
ISBN-10: 0674008359
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kyra Karmiloff

Until the recent birth of her baby, Kyra Karmiloff was a researcher at the Centre for Speech and Language at Cambridge University. Annette Karmiloff-Smith is Professor and Head of the Neurocognitive Development Unit, Institute of Child Health, London.

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