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  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (22 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041588666X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521732932
  • ASIN: 052173293X
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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 …'. The Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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FThis 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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Was recommended this for Speech and Language Therapy degree - it's full of information that is useful, but I personally dislike the style and format of the book. It's a hefty read and has tiny writing - if you prefer a more visually engaging text, as I do, you may struggle with it too - with very few diagrams or tables or subheadings with very long paragraphs and a lot of jargon (which is unnecessary).

That said, it does cover a lot more detail than other texts, and I am used to reading dense texts quickly - previous degree in literature, lots of 'wordy' texts to analyse - but it is an effortful read (for me, around 2 hours for 10-15 pages - too long for me, and it feels a bit like War and Peace, a good read but too much info for what you need it for.)

A lot of hard work for visual / kinaesthetic learners to extract / rewrite the information for it to be memorable for them, but nevertheless, the information is still interesting once you finally get used to having to trudge through the unnecessary - or skip past it entirely - to get to the core of the author's point.

Maybe I just prefer author's to get to the point more efficiently and quickly than others, but I personally found it more hard work than it was worth, as I could have extracted a lot of the same information from multiple, and more user friendly sources, such as online journal collections - maybe I would have preferred a kindle / e version.
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