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Development of Language, The, 9th edition

  • Jean Gleason
  • Nan Bernstein Ratner

Published by Pearson (March 4th 2016) - Copyright © 2017

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ISBN-13: 9780134205113

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Table of contents

1 THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE: An Overview and a Preview 1

Jean Berko Gleason, Boston University

An Overview of the Course of Language Development 2

Communication Development in Infancy 2

Phonological Development: Learning Sounds and Sound Patterns 2

Semantic Development: Learning the Meanings of Words 2

Putting Words Together: Morphology and Syntax in the

Preschool Years 3

Language in Social Contexts: Development of Communicative Competence 3

Theoretical Approaches to Language Acquisition 4

Variation in Language Development: Implications for Research and Theory 4

Atypical Language Development 5

Language and Literacy in the School Years 5

Bilingual Language Development 6

The Structure of Language: Learning the System 6

Competence and Performance 6

Phonology 7

Morphology 7

Syntax 8

Semantics 8

The Social Rules for Language Use 9

The Biological Bases of Language 9

Animal Communication Systems 9

The Biological Base: Humans, Ancient and Modern 14

The Study of Language Development 18

Interest in Language Acquisition in Ancient Times 18

Studies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 18

Research in the Modern Era 19

Research Methods 20

Childes 23

Summary 23

Suggested Projects 25



Rochelle S. Newman, University of Maryland, College Park

Perceptual “Tuning” to Speech 27

Segmentation 28

Statistical Learning 29

Early Communicative Attempts 30

The Expression of Communicative Intent before Speech 31

Characteristics of Intentional Communication 31

The Forms and Functions of Early Communicative Behaviors 32

The Assessment of Communicative Intent 33

The Social Context of the Preverbal Infant 34

The Sound of the Caregiver’s Speech: “Listen to Me!” 35

The Conversational Nature of the Caregiver’s Speech: “Talk to Me!” 36

Contexts for the Emergence of Object Reference: “Look at That!” 38

Talk in Structured Situations: “Here’s What We Say” 39

First Words 40

Enhancing Early Development: A Summary 40

When Learning to Communicate Is Difficult 41

Summary 43

Suggested Projects 44


3 PHONOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT: Learning Sounds and Sound Patterns 45

Carol Stoel-Gammon, University of Washington

Lise Menn, University of Colorado

English Speech Sounds and Sound Patterns 45

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