First Language Acquisition

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 515 pages
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First Language Acquisition takes a comprehensive look at where and when children acquire a first language. It integrates social and cognitive approaches to how children analyze, understand, and produce sounds, words, and sentences, as they learn to use language to cooperate and achieve goals. And it takes a usage-based approach in considering what children learn. It emphasizes pragmatic factors in language use, and includes research on word-formation, and on bilingualism and dialect-choice.
 

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Contents

Acquiring Language Issues and Questions
1
Getting Started
23
In Conversation with Children
25
Starting on Language Perception
55
Early Words
79
Sounds in Words Production
101
Words and Meanings
131
Constructions and Meanings
159
Using Language
301
Honing Conversational Skills
303
Doing Things with Language
331
Language and Dialect
363
Process in Acquisition
383
Specialization for Language
385
Acquisition and Change
409
Glossary
435

First Combinations First Constructions
161
Modulating Word Meanings
187
Adding Complexity within Clauses
213
Combining Clauses More Complex Constructions
245
Constructing Words
273

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About the author (2003)

Eve V. Clark is a Member of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her books include Psychology and Language (with H. H. Clark), The Ontogenesis of Meaning, The Acquisition of Romance, The Lexicon in Acquisition, and Constructions in Acquisition (with B. F. Kelly). Her research has involved both observational and experimental studies aimed at discovering what language children understand and what they produce at different stages in development.

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