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First Language Acquisition (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Eve V. Clark

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22 Jan 2009 041588666X 978-0521732932 2
Babies are not born talking, they learn language, starting immediately from birth. How does this process take place? When do children master the skills needed for using language successfully? What stages do they go through as they learn to understand and talk? Do the languages they learn affect the way they think? First published in 2009, this edition of Eve Clark's highly successful textbook focuses on children's acquisition of a first language, the stages of development they go through, and how they use language as they learn. It reports on recent findings in each area covered, includes a completely new chapter on the acquisition of two languages and shows how speech to children differs by social class. Skilfully integrating actual data with coverage of current theories and debates, it is an essential guide to studying language acquisition for those working in linguistics, developmental psychology and cognitive science.

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' … its extensive coverage of the research makes it a useful source for anyone concerned with early language development.' Literacy Today

'… the way in which cross-lingusitic data are deftly interwoven in the discussion in a particular strength of the work … a knowledgeable and perceptive account of child language acquisition. This will be a reference source used by many for years to come. It is a significant accomplishment and deserves a place on the shelf of teachers and researchers in the field alike.' First Language

'Much of it is deeply interesting, even when one begs to disagree …'. Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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First published in 2009, this edition of Eve Clark's highly successful textbook focuses on children's acquisition of a first language. It reports on recent findings in each area covered, includes a completely new chapter on the acquisition of two languages and shows how speech to children differs by social class.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and precise 4 May 2004
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Clark is one of those few scholars who can present a complicated topic in a very accessible way. She touches on the most important and interesting areas of child language acquisition, citing others' studies as well as her own research. You don't need any previous knowledge of this field to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on data, not so much on readability 25 July 2003
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Although it was refreshing to read an account of language acquisition from the point of the view of Pragmatics, I felt the text was very dense and not organized well within the chapters. Dr. Clark includes information about many relevant experiments, but at times it was hard to distinguish her own interpretations from paraphrased citations. The chart dealing with phonetics also had quite a few errors.
I hope the second edition turns out to be better than this one!
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy the Kindle Edition 11 Feb 2014
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The Kindle version of this book uses "locations" rather than page numbers, so it is not conducive to using it in a course or citing it in papers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a goog purchase 11 Nov 2013
By Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
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item was delivered on time and conditions were great. However, having already a lot of experience and knowledge with first language acquisition subject, this book did not help me developing my skills.
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