Language Acquisition : The Growth of Grammar
This text provides a comprehensive introduction to current thinking onlanguage acquisition. Following an introductory chapter that discusses thefoundations of linguistic inquiry, the book covers the acquisition of specificaspects of language from birth to about age 6. Topics include the language abilitiesof newborns, the acquisition of phonological properties of language, the lexicon, syntax, pronoun and sentence interpretation, control structures, specific languageimpairments, and the relationship between language and other cognitive functions.Atthe conclusion of each chapter are a summary of the material covered, a list ofkeywords, study questions, and exercises. The book, which adopts the perspective ofChomskyan Universal Generative Grammar throughout, assumes a familiarity with basicconcepts of linguistic theory.
- Hardback | 490 pages
- 178 x 229 x 31mm | 930g
- 05 Feb 2002
- MIT Press Ltd
- MIT Press
- Cambridge, Mass., United States
- 35 illus.
"The study of language acquisition has made remarkable progress in recent years, with major contributions to linguistics and general cognitive science as well. Guasti provides an expert, lucid, and wide-ranging introduction and review that leads the reader from basic concepts to topics at the forefront of current inquiry in this rapidly developing and exciting field." - Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; "One of the greatest assets of this book is that it vividly shows the interplay of hypothesis-construction and fact-finding in the research on acquisition. New theoretical insights directly lead to the construction of experiments that unveil novel, often surprising factual generalizations. These, in turn, force us to constantly modify our initial hypotheses and survive well beyond the point where our theories, having born their fruits, cease being productive. This book will convince many readers that theoretically inspired research in language acquisition is today one of the liveliest and most exciting research paradigms within cognitive science." - Gennaro Chierchia, Department of Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca"
About Maria Teresa Guasti
Maria Teresa Guasti is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Milan-Bicocca.