Handbook of Child Language Acquisition

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Handbook of Child Language Acquisition

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What allows children to acquire language so effortlessly, with such speed, and with such amazing accuracy? Capitalizing on the most recent developments in linguistics and cognitive psychology, this volume sheds new light on the what, why, and how of the child's ability to acquire one or more languages.
The Handbook is one of a kind in a number of respects. It includes state-of-the-art treatments of acquisition from a variety of theoretical viewpoints ranging from functionalist approaches and the implications of the creolization of languages for the study of acquisition to the relevance of Chomsky's Minimalist Program. It contains overviews of the acquisition of all components of linguistic structure, treats the acquisition of the sign languages of the deaf, and discusses the specific problems of bilingual acquisition.

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*Addresses the following questions:
* Is the capacity for language acquisition constant throughout the career of the language learner (that is, is it "continuous") or does that capacity change in significant ways as the learner matures?
* Is the language capacity a separate module of the mind or does it follow from general, "all-purpose" cognitive capacities?
* What is innate in language acquisition and what is acquired on the basis of experience?
* What research/methodological issues arise in the study of child language acquisition?
* How might input from the language (or languages) of the environment, including visual/gestural input in the case of the sign languages of the deaf, affect the process and result of acquisition?
* How are the facts of non-normal acquisition to be explained?

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"This volume benefits from the state-of-the-art contributions of prominent specialists, presents various approaches to SLA and covers most of the key issues in the field. I believe that it is a useful, comprehensive handbook for both students and researchers in the field."
--Larisa Avram in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
"...the book is an excellent collection of readings on selected aspects of human language development, particularly nativist points of view... if one is teaching a graduate course on language acquisition, and a collection of first-rate summaries of primarily nativist positions is desired, then this is certainly a book to consider."
--CHILD LANGUAGE, Vol. 27, 2000
"...the Handbook of Child Language Acquisition provides a useful and unique view of the field... we have no reservations about recommending that you check it out of your local library and sample some of its valuable chapters."
--CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY, Vol. 45, 2000

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