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In recognition of the language variations among children, new advances in linguistics and neurology, and the importance of literacy, the Seventh Edition of this highly readable text devotes significant space to these areas as they impact our understanding of individual development. In addition, discussion of other cultures is included in the text wherever possible. Sections on culturally linguistically diverse children accurately reflect the realities of everyday life in the United States.
Developed within a practical chronological framework, the Seventh Edition examines every aspect of syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology, and pragmatics. As in previous editions, Owens presents even the most complex, technical concepts at an appropriate level for beginning students.
“What I really like about the Owens text is that he goes into enough detail to make it a ‘meaty’ text for the serious student.” —Margery Whites, St. Cloud State University
“The Owens Language Development text provides students with a wealth of current information. I have been satisfied with this text.” — Barbara Weitzner-Lin, State University College of Buffalo
All chapters begin with “Chapter Objectives” and conclude with “Conclusion,” “Discussions,” and “Reflections.”
1. The Territory
This Text and You
Speech, Language, and Communication
Properties of Language
Components of Language
2. Describing Language
Psycholinguistic Theory: A Syntactic Model
Psycholinguistic Theory: A Semantic/Cognitive Model
3. Neurological Bases of Speech and Language
Central Nervous System
Theory of Mind
4. Cognitive, Perceptual, and Motor Bases of Early Language and Speech
Which Came First, Cognition or Language?
Early Cognitive Development
5. The Social and Communicative Bases of Early Language and Speech
Development of Communication: A Chronology
Maternal Communication Behaviors
Interactions between Infant and Caregiver
6. Language-Learning and Teaching Processes and Young Children.
Comprehension, Production, and Cognitive Growth
Child Learning Strategies
Adult Conversational Teaching Techniques
Importance of Play
Cultural and Social Differences
7. A First Language: Toddler Talk
Early Multiword Combinations
8. Preschool Pragmatic and Semantic Development
Interdependence of Form, Content, and Use: Pronouns.
9. Preschool Development of Language Form
Stages of Syntactic and Morphologic Development
Embedding and Conjoining
Phonemic and Phonological Development
10. Early School-Age Language Development
Syntactic and Morphologic Development
11. School-Age Literacy Development
The Process of Reading
The Process of Writing
12. Adolescent and Adult Language
Syntax and Morphology
13. Language Differences: Bidialectism and Bilingualism
14. Language Research and Analysis
Issues in the Study of Childhood Language
Examples of Child Language Data
Appendix A: American English Speech Sounds
Appendix B: Transcripts to Accompany Text Compact Disc
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