For college students in courses with the same topic in communication disorders, psychology, and education.
A best-selling, comprehensive, easy-to-understand introduction to language development.
This best-selling introduction to language development text offers a cohesive, easy-to-understand overview of all aspects of the subject, from syntax, morphology, and semantics, to phonology and pragmatics. Each idea and concept is explained in a way that is clear to even beginning students and then reinforced with outstanding pedagogical aids such as discussion questions, chapter objectives, reflections, and main point boxed features. The book looks at how children learn to communicate in general and in English specifically, while emphasizing individual patterns of communication development. The new Ninth Edition continues the distribution of bilingual and dialectal development throughout the text; expands the discussion of children from lower-SES families, including those living in homeless shelters; makes substantial improvements in the organization and clarity of Chapter 4 on cognition and its relationship to speech and language; consolidates information on Theory of Mind in one chapter; improves readability throughout with more thorough explanations, simplification of terms, and increased use of headings and bullets; weeds out redundancies and asides to help streamline the reading; provides more child language examples throughout; and thoroughly updates the research, including the addition of several hundred new references.
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Clearly written, well organized, and comprehensive, Language Development is the most widely used text in its field.
In recognition of the tremendous language variations among children, the sixth edition of this highly readable text devotes significant space to individual developmental differences and cultural differences. Developed within a practical chronological framework, this new edition examines every aspect of syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology, and pragmatics.
Highlights of the Sixth Edition
- Chapter 3, “Child Development,” has been streamlined to include only the child development information most relevant to speech and language development.
- Updates to Chapter 4, “Neurolinguistics,” include the latest in brain imaging information to convey key links between anatomy, physiology, cognition, and language, and the roles these links play in the development of language abnormalities.
- Chapter 5, “Cognitive and Perceptual Bases of Early Language,” has been totally rewritten to reflect our rapidly changing knowledge of cognitive development and the newest research in brain imaging.
- The new edition includes increased coverage of literacy development, cultural and linguistic difference and sensation, perception and cognition relative to language processing.
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