Child Language

Child Language : A Reader

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This collection of readings stresses key areas in the growing field of language development, mechanisms of language acquisition, comprehension, production, and the relationship between language, thought and action. The book has been organized so that it both presents basic principles and reflects the current direction of research. Brief section introductions provide some historical context, describe the major theoretical and methodological issues, and draw connections between the articles included in each section. The book is intended for use as a text in upper level and graduate courses in language development, cognition and developmental more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • figures, tables
  • 0195043332
  • 9780195043334

Table of contents

Part I The beginnings of language - from vocalization to first words: on developmental changes in the symbolic process; transitional phenomena in early language acquisition; the development of conversation between mothers and babies; the achievement and antecedents of labelling; acquisition of words by first language learners; from people, to plans, to objects - changes in the meaning of early words and their relation to cognitive development. Part II Form and meaning in early language; development of a first language in the human species; complex sentences - acquisition of syntactic connectives and the semantic relations they encode; the child's expression of meaning - expanding relationships among lexicon, syntax and morphology; lexical innovations - how children learn to create new words; factors influencing children's hypothetical reference; children's sensitivity to constraints on word meaning - taxonomic vs. thematic relations; biological dispositions to learn language. Part III Social and private speech: on inner speech; relevant models of language; social speech and social interaction - egocentrism revisited; social and private speech at two years; young children's use of age-appropriate speech styles in social interaction and role playing; young speaker's evaluations of their listeners' comprehension in a referential communication task. Part IV Discourse - conversation and narrative; "Oh them sherriff" - a pragmatic analysis of children's responses to questions; conversation, cohesive and thematic patterning in children's dialogue; at morning it's lunchtime - a scriptal view of children's dialogues; a code in the node - the use of a story schema in retrieval; the development of children's storytelling skill. Part V Metaphor and metalinguistic processes: the development of metaphoric understanding; observing spontaneous metaphor in children; sources of difficulty in the young child's understanding of metaphorical language; learning to tell jokes - a study of metalinguistic abilities; word magic revisited - monolingual and bilingual children's understanding of the word-object relationship; learning to make more