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Language in Children

1st Edition

By Eve V. Clark


162 pages

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Paperback: 9781138906075
pub: 2016-08-23
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Language in Children provides a concise and basic introduction for students studying child language acquisition for the first time. Starting from the first sounds a child produces, this book covers all the stages a child goes through in acquiring a language. This title:

  • Illustrates developmental stages from the recognition of sounds and words to the ability to hold a conversation, also covering bilingual upbringing and language disorders;
  • Features real-life examples of all the phenomena discussed, from languages such as French, Spanish and Portuguese as well as English;
  • Incorporates guidance on sources for further reading and exploration by chapter;
  • Is supported by a companion website that includes exercises with links to real-world data in the CHILDES archive.

Written by an experienced author and teacher, Language in Children is essential reading for students studying this topic.

Table of Contents


1. Where do Children Learn their First Language?

2. Recognizing and Producing Words

3. Mapping Meanings to Words

4. Using Language

5. Early Constructions

6. More Elaborate Constructions

7. Carrying on a Conversation

8. Perspectives, Viewpoints, and Voices

9. More than One Language at Once

10. Process in Acquisition

General Resources and Further Reading


About the Author

Eve V. Clark is Professor of Linguistics and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Linguistics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Psycholinguistics


Collection of Weblinks for Language in Children

Corpora of Children’s Speech

The CMU Kids Corpus

TED Videos

The linguistic genius of babies: TED Talk by Patricia Kuhl

What we learn before we’re born: TED Talk by Annie Murphy Paul

The birth of a word: TED Talk by Deb Roy

Can you really tell if a kid is lying? TED Talk by Kang Lee

YouTube Videos

Theories of Language Development (Nativist, Learning, Interactionist) – Kahn Academy

Steven Pinker on How Children Learn Language – The Floating University

First language acquisition – Martin Hilpert, University of Neuchâtel

First & Second Language Acquisition – Marjo Mitsutomi & Minna Kirjavainen – IAFOR Media

Developmental Milestones: Baby Talk from First Sounds to First Words – Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Why ASL? – ASLized!

Maximizing Language Acquisition: ASL and Spoken English - GallaudetU

From cooing and babbling to utterance in American Sign Language – Handspeak: sign language online

BCC Multicultural Committee – Language Acquisition and Education Equality for Deaf Children – Bristol Community College

Stephen Krashen on Language Acquisition – Mark Rounds

Comprehension without Instruction: The Complexities and Myths of Language Acquisition - CUNYQueensborough

How Babies Learn Language – USC College

Language: The Nature/Nurture Debate (Nativism vs. Empiricism) – Linguistics 101 - NativLang

Usage-based Language: Investigating the Latent Structures that Underpin Acquisition,” by Nick Ellis - Wiley

Age effects in language learning: controversial, but crucial to understand,” by Robert Dekeyser - Wiley

How Children Ask Questions – Stephen Crain – Linguistic Society of America

“What Do You Think She Said?” – Stephen Crain – Linguistic Society of America

Web Resources on Developmental Stages in Language Acquisition

Typical Speech and Language Development – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Language Development in Children – Child Development Institute

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Ages and Stages Summary – Language Development 0-5 Years

News Articles Related to Language Acquisition

Unconscious languages: Forgotten mother tongues leave traces in the brain (The Independent)

Bilingual children 'show advantage' in noisy classrooms (BBC News)

Raising bilingual kids: Should you speak to children in your second language? (Slate)

Young children have grammar and chimpanzees don't (ScienceDaily)

10 Language Mistakes Kids Make That Are Actually Pretty Smart (Mental Floss)

A linguistic dissection of 7 annoying teenage sounds (The Week)

When You ‘Literally Can’t Even’ Understand Your Teenager - The New York Times

Blue, green or 'nol'? New study reveals that even before infants can talk, language shapes their cognition (Medical Express)

Silly Talk Directed at Infants May Be More Educational than Imagined (Rutgers University News)

Early brain connections key to reading (Science Daily)

The test that can look into a child’s (reading) future (NPR ED)