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Children's Language Consensus and Controversy by Ray Cattell

Children's Language Consensus and Controversy


Children's Language Consensus and Controversy by Ray Cattell

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.


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

About the Author

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

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Book Info

Publication date

10th May 2007


Ray Cattell

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


298 pages


Language acquisition
Child & developmental psychology



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