'This is the textbook I've been looking for: an authoritative, beautifully written survey of the field written by one of the world's leading experts. It provides phenomenal coverage, ranging from classic issues to the latest state-of-the-art findings, in a well-organized structure that students and instructors alike will appreciate. The theoretical insights and charming examples bring the material to life and remind us of the astonishing significance of children's achievement.' Susan A. Gelman, Heinz Werner Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan
Eve V. Clark is a Member of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her books include Psychology and Language (with H. H. Clark), The Ontogenesis of Meaning, The Acquisition of Romance, The Lexicon in Acquisition, and Constructions in Acquisition (with B. F. Kelly). Her research has involved both observational and experimental studies aimed at discovering what language children understand and what they produce at different stages in development.
1. Acquiring language; Part I. Getting Started: 2. In conversation with children; 3. Starting on language: perception; 4. Early words; 5. Sounds in words: production; 6. Words and meanings; Part II. Constructions and Meanings: 7. First combinations, first constructions; 8. Modulating word meanings; 9. Adding complexity within clauses; 10. Combining clauses: more complex constructions; 11. Constructing words; Part III. Using Language: 12. Honing conversational skills; 13. Doing things with language; 14. Two languages at a time; Part IV. Process in Acquisition: 15. Specialization for language; 16. Acquisition and change.