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Child Language

Child Language
Acquisition and Development

Second Edition

© 2017 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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This is the best book on the market for taking  students from ‘how children acquire their first language’ to the point where
they can engage with key debates and current research in the field of child language. No background knowledge of linguistic theory is assumed and all specialist terms are introduced in clear, non-technical language.

It is rare in its balanced presentation of evidence from both sides of the nature–nurture divide and its ability to make this complicated topic engaging and understandable to everyone.

This edition includes

  • Exercises to foster an understanding of key concepts in language and linguistics
  • glossary of key terms so students can always check back on the more difficult terms
  • Suggestions for further reading including fascinating TED Talks that bring the subject to life
  • Access to Multiple Choice Quizzes and other online resources so students can check they've understood what they have just read
Chapter 1: Landmarks in the Landscape of Child Language
Chapter 2: Can Animals Acquire Human Language? Shakespeare's Typewriter
Chapter 3: The Critical Period Hypothesis: Now or Never?
Chapter 4: Input and Interaction: Tutorials for Toddlers
Chapter 5: Language in the First Year: Breaking the Sound Barrier
Chapter 6: The Developing Lexicon: What's in a Name?
Chapter 7: The Acquisition of Morphology: Linguistic Lego
Chapter 8: Linguistic Nativism: To the Grammar Born
Chapter 9: The Usage-Based Approach: Making It up as You Go along
Chapter 10: You Say Nature, I Say Nurture: Better Call the Calling off off

This is an excellent book. It is built upon a solid review of current and past research, but brings fresh perspectives to our thinking about children's language development.

Dr David Waugh
School of Education, Durham University
October 13, 2017

Matthew Saxton's 'Child Language' is a fascinating book, giving insight into the ways in which children develop the ability to speak. Starting from pre-birth and tracing the many stages of development up to mature speaking ability, it is a thorough and engaging read. Written in an accessible and sometimes humorous style, difficult or unfamiliar concepts are dealt with in such a way that they can be easily understood.

Dr Louise Campbell
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
August 23, 2017

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Chapter 4 - Input and Interaction: Tutorials for Toddlers

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