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Individual Differences in Language Development


Volume: 7
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Child Development

February 1995 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Do all children learn language in the same way? Is the apparent `fast' versus `slow' learning rate among children a reflection of the individual child's approach to language acquisition? This volume explores the importance that individual differences have in language acquisition and challenges some widely held theories of linguistic development.

Focusing on one- to three-year-old children, Cecilia Shore describes characteristic differences in terms of vocabulary, grammatical and phonological development. She considers whether distinctive 'styles' of language development can be defined and also examines social and cognitive influences that may explain individual differences. In conclusion, she discusses new language theories - such as the ecological, chaos and connectionist approaches - and considers what individual differences in development can tell us about the mechanisms of language development.

 
Introduction
The Importance of Differences in Language Development

 
 
Characterizing the Nature of the Differences
 
Are There Styles of Language Development?
 
Explanations for Individual Differences in Language Development
 
Conclusions and Future Directions

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