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Description - Introduction to Language Development by Shelia M. Kennison

In this cutting edge new textbook Shelia Kennison provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of language development. Taking a broad perspective that covers the period before birth through old age, Kennison covers all of the many facets of this exciting field. Throughout the text there is a strong integration of world languages and bilingualism; the biological basis of language (including cognitive neuroscience and the socio-cultural influences on language); language development across cultures; grammatical development; and language-related delays and disorders. Each chapter includes multiple pedagogical features such as key terms, review questions, suggested projects, recommended readings and videos. In addition, there are special features highlighting examples that illustrate the diversity of human languages, noteworthy research discoveries, and case histories of extraordinary individuals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412996068
ISBN-10: 1412996066
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 187mm x mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Shelia M. Kennison

Shelia M. Kennison (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst) is Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. She has a taught a variety of courses in psychology, including language development, statistics, and research design. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her bachelor's degree in linguistics and psychology from Harvard University. Her research on language comprehension has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and Psi Chi. She has published research articles in numerous journals, including Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, Journal of Memory and Language, and Discourse Processes. Her research includes studies of language processing in English as well as other languages, including Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Finnish.