First Language Acquisition Paperback – 22 Jan 2009
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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 an alternate Paperback edition.
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.See all Product description
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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.
It is informative, but not remotely fun / engaging to read, had I been giving it at the start of the year to work through, potentially I would have found it more useful, maybe good as a 'summer holidays' read to review / pre read for a course it would be useful - I found I needed to allocate a whole day each weekend to it (other texts requiring only a few hours a week) in order to extract what I needed for the lectures.
Some may love this book, I disliked it, despite its usefulness, as it gave me more reasons to struggle with it than love it. I had no choice as it was 'core text' tied into a module, so I plodded on with it, but had I been given a choice of language acquisition texts, I wouldn't have chosen this one, for me, as it is not helpful to my learning strengths.
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I hope the second edition turns out to be better than this one!
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