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LINGUIST List 18.3482

Wed Nov 21 2007

Books: Language Acquisition: Herschensohn

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Language Development and Age: Herschensohn

Message 1: Language Development and Age: Herschensohn
Date: 16-Nov-2007
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Language Development and Age: Herschensohn
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Title: Language Development and Age
Published: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Julia Herschensohn
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521872973 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521872973 Pages: 304 Price: U.S. $ 110.00

The anecdotal view of language acquisition is that children learn language
with apparent ease, no instruction and in very little time, while adults
find learning a new language to be cognitively challenging, labour
intensive and time-consuming. In this book Herschensohn examines whether
early childhood is a critical period for language acquisition after which
individuals cannot learn a language as native speakers. She argues that a
first language is largely susceptible to age constraints, showing major
deficits past the age of twelve. Second language acquisition also shows age
effects, but with a range of individual differences. The competence of
expert adult learners, the unequal achievements of child learners of second
languages, and the lack of consistent evidence for a maturational cut-off,
all cast doubt on a critical period for second language acquisition.

1. Just in time: is there a critical period for language acquisition?;
2. Right on time: process and schedule of first language acquisition;
3. All in good time: a window of opportunity for first language acquisition;
4. Behind time: process and schedule of second language acquisition;
5. Pressed for time: age constraints in second language acquisition;
6. Biding time: further consideration of age and acquisition;
7. It's about time: evaluation of age sensitivity in language acquisition.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng )

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