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Children's Language Consensus and Controversy

by Ray Cattell

Children's Language Consensus and Controversy Synopsis

The popular notion of how children come to speak their first language is that their parents teach them words, then phrases, then sentences, then longer utterances. Although there is widespread agreement amongst linguists that this account is wrong, there is much less agreement as to how children really learn language. This revised edition of Ray Cattell's bestselling textbook aims to give readers the background necessary to form their own views on the debate, and includes accessible summaries of key thinkers, including Chomsky, Halliday, Karmiloff-Smith and Piaget.

Children's Language Consensus and Controversy Press Reviews

Views about the nature of language acquisition differ dramatically, and it is not easy for the uninitiated non-specialist to gain a general overview of the field and the different views and perspectives held by various researchers in the field. Cattell's Children's Language: Consensus and Controversy meets this need and provides a welcome introduction to this very important field. It is well-written, cogent and easy to follow, and does an outstanding job of introducing some very complex topics in a readily-understandable manner. Highly recommended for general readers and undergraduate students. Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826488794
Publication date: 10th May 2007
Author: Ray Cattell
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 298 pages
Categories: Language acquisition, Child & developmental psychology,

About Ray Cattell

Ray Cattell is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

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