LINGUIST List 16.1147

Mon Apr 11 2005

Books: Language Acquisition: O'Grady

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        1.    Joyce Reid, How Children Learn Language: O'Grady

Message 1: How Children Learn Language: O'Grady

Date: 07-Apr-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: How Children Learn Language: O'Grady

Title: How Children Learn Language
Series Title: Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL:

Author: William O'Grady
Hardback: ISBN: 052182494X Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 70.00
Hardback: ISBN: 052182494X Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 40.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521531926 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 24.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521531926 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 15.99

Adults tend to take language for granted - until they have to learn a new
one. Then they realize how difficult it is to get the pronunciation right,
to acquire the meaning of thousands of new words, and to learn how those
words are put together to form sentences. Children, however, have mastered
language before they can tie their shoes. In this engaging and accessible
book, William O'Grady explains how this happens, discussing how children
learn to produce and distinguish among sounds, their acquisition of words
and meanings, and their mastery of the rules for building sentences. How
Children Learn Language provides readers with a highly readable overview
not only of the language acquisition process itself, but also of the
ingenious experiments and techniques that researchers use to investigate
his mysterious phenomenon. It will be of great interest to anyone - parent
or student - wishing to find out how children acquire language.

1. Small talk
2. The great word hunt
3. What's the meaning of this?
4. Words all in a row
5. What sentences mean
6. Talking the talk
7. How do they do it?
Appendix 1. Keeping a diary and making a tape of recordings
Appendix 2. The sounds of English

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (ENG )

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