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