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Introduction to Language Development



© 2014 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.

 
CHAPTER 1 LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
 
CHAPTER 2 BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF LANGUAGE
 
CHAPTER 3 THE FIRST 24 MONTHS
 
CHAPTER 4 GRAMMATICAL DEVELOPMENT
 
CHAPTER 5 THE LEXICON
 
CHAPTER 6 SOCIAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE
 
CHAPTER 7 LIFE WITH MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE
 
CHAPTER 8 LANGUAGE AND THOUGHT
 
CHAPTER 9 PLANNING SPEECH FROM THOUGHT TO ARTICULATION
 
CHAPTER 10 LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION
 
CHAPTER 11 LANGUAGE DURING THE SCHOOL YEARS
 
CHAPTER 12 LANGUAGE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site
  • Each chapter includes media links related to important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text. These carefully selected links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
Student Study Site
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Each chapter includes media links related to important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text. These carefully selected links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.

Important tool for researching early language development

Mrs Terrie A Blaszczyk
Education Department, Roehampton University
May 6, 2016

This is really useful book that extend and encourage students' knowledge in understanding language and literacy in young age.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
April 21, 2015

The chapter on Grammar acquisition in young children is of particular interest to me in preparing and updating Grammar sessions for PGCE and BA year 2 Core English Curriculum. I appreciate the fact that all concepts touched in grammar are well supported by research references. I also found interesting and informative is the chapter on Life in more than one languages. I am sure students wanting to gain an insight into their English as an additional Language children in the primary classroom would find it extremely informative.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
January 14, 2015

Although the level of the book would be more suitable for degree level students, the first three chapters of the book 1. language and language development, 2. biological basis of language and 3 the first 24 months are particularly suitable for the Early Years course that I teach. I will be recommending that as recommended reading, particularly for the more able students on the course who will be using additional resources to supplement their course book to assist with assignments.

Mrs Cheryl Clarke
Childhood Studies LX11, Colchester Institute
August 14, 2014

An in-depth text that covers all aspects of language development. A very useful guide for teacher trainees and childhood studies students.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
May 27, 2014

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