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ERIC Number: ED524099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 464
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-5217-6804-7
Child Language Acquisition: Contrasting Theoretical Approaches
Ambridge, Ben; Lieven, Elena V. M.
Cambridge University Press
Is children's language acquisition based on innate linguistic structures or built from cognitive and communicative skills? This book summarises the major theoretical debates in all of the core domains of child language acquisition research (phonology, word-learning, inflectional morphology, syntax and binding) and includes a complete introduction to the two major contrasting theoretical approaches: generativist and constructivist. For each debate, the predictions of the competing accounts are closely and even-handedly evaluated against the empirical data. The result is an evidence-based review of the central issues in language acquisition research that will constitute a valuable resource for students, teachers, course-builders and researchers alike. (Contains 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Researchers
Language: English
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