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This is the best book on the market for taking students from `how children acquire their first language' to the point where
they can engage with key debates and current research in the field of child language. No background knowledge of linguistic theory is assumed and all specialist terms are introduced in clear, non-technical language.
It is rare in its balanced presentation of evidence from both sides of the nature-nurture divide and its ability to make this complicated topic engaging and understandable to everyone.
This edition includes
Exercises to foster an understanding of key concepts in language and linguistics
A glossary of key terms so students can always check back on the more difficult terms
Suggestions for further reading including fascinating TED Talks that bring the subject to life
Access to Multiple Choice Quizzes and other online resources so students can check they've understood what they have just read
Matthew Saxton is trained in psychology and linguistics at the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford, and worked for about 20 years variously at Royal Holloway, University of London, Westminster University and the Institute of Education - UCL. In 2011, he retrained as a nurse and now works in the NHS at a central London hospital.
Chapter 1: Landmarks in the Landscape of Child Language Chapter 2: Can Animals Acquire Human Language? Shakespeare's Typewriter Chapter 3: The Critical Period Hypothesis: Now or Never? Chapter 4: Input and Interaction: Tutorials for Toddlers Chapter 5: Language in the First Year: Breaking the Sound Barrier Chapter 6: The Developing Lexicon: What's in a Name? Chapter 7: The Acquisition of Morphology: Linguistic Lego Chapter 8: Linguistic Nativism: To the Grammar Born Chapter 9: The Usage-Based Approach: Making It up as You Go along Chapter 10: You Say Nature, I Say Nurture: Better Call the Calling off off