Addresses one debate in language development, namely the relationship between children's language development and their language experience.
'Harris tackles the seemingly impenetrable question of the role of caretaker speech on language acquisition. In an engaging and accessible style she reviews previous research on this question and addresses the many methodological difficulties that tend to ensue with this line of research.' - Jacqueline S. Johnson in Contemporary Psychology, 1995.
'This is an extremely important contribution to the MIEssays in Developmental PsychologyD series. Written in a style which is lucid and readily accessible to the non-specialist, Harris presents an engaging account of the processes of language development during infancy and early childhood…it will be read with profit by undergraduate and postgraduate students concerned to understand the role of early experience in language development and how it interacts with biological endowment. Research students in particular will find the sections on methodology extremely helpful.' - H. McGurk (Thomas Coram Research Unit, London).
Language and Environment - Some Evidence from Chomsky; Children and Chimpanzees. Language Development and Adult Speech. The Social Context of Early Language Experience. From Input to Uptake - Traversing a Methodological Minefield. What Adults Say to Children. Language Experience and Vocabulary Development. The Establishment and Development of Word Meaning. Early Language Development in Deaf Children. Language Experience and Ealry Language Development.
Essays in Developmental Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in developmental psychology.
The series defines developmental psychology in its broadest terms and covers such topics as social development, cognitive development, developmental neuropsychology and neuroscience, language development, learning difficulties, developmental psychopathology and applied issues.
Each volume in the series makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.
Authors in this series provide an overview of their own highly successful research program, but they also include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.
Each book is a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a coherent review of important research as well as its context, theoretical grounding and implications.