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Title: Handbook of Communication Competence
Series Title: Handbooks of Applied Linguistics [HAL] 1

In our everyday life, communicative processes are relevant in almost all
situations. It is important to know whether you should say something which
is adequate in the situation or whether it is better to say nothing at all.
Communicative competence is fundamental for a successful life in our
society as it is of great importance for all areas of life. Therefore, it
is not surprising that communicative competence is the subject of many
theoretical and empirical approaches and, in consequence, research on this
topic is diverse. We focus our contributions on linguistic aspects of
communication. In the centre of interest are linguistic oriented
performances of different forms of communicative competence, language
acquisition, and language disorders. The topics of this book concern the
description of methods for studying language in the brain, the interaction
between language and cognition, discourse acquisition of children, literacy
acquisition and its precursors, the use and acquisition of the sign
language, models and training of writing and reading, nonverbal
communicative competence, media competence, communication training,
developmental dyslexia, the treatment of stuttering, and the description of
language disorders.

From the contents:

Introduction to the handbook series, Karlfried Knapp and Gerd Antos; Introduction

I. Foundations
1. The concept of communicative competence, Gert Rickheit, Hans Strohner †, and Constanze Vorwerg

II. Acquisition
2. Language and neurophysiological development, Ralph-Axel Müller and Erica Palmer; 3. Cognitive foundations, Katharina J. Rohlfing; 4. First utterances,
Holly L. Storkel; 5. Discourse acquisition, Clair Pond and Michael Siegal; 6. Literacy acquisition and its precursors, Pekka Niemi; 7. Sign language acquisition, Vivian Gramley

III. Adult competence
8. Speaking and listening, Thomas Holtgraves; 9. Writing and reading, Elke Prestin; 10. Nonverbal communicative competence, Nancy M. Puccinelli; 11. Media competence, Daniel Perrin and Maureen Ehrensberger-Dow

IV. Competence training
12. Communication training, Annette Lepschy; 13. Coping with the needs of presentation, Mike Allen, Nancy Burrell, and John Bourhis; 14. Training of writing and reading, Eva-Maria Jakobs and Daniel Perrin

V. Language therapy
15. Developmental dyslexia: A developmental neurolinguistic approach, Virgina W. Berninger, William Nagy, Todd Richards, and Wendy Raskind; 16. Language disorders, Martina Hielscher-Fastabend; 17. The nature and treatment of stuttering, Ashley Craig

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110188295
ISBN-13: 9783110188295
Pages: 538
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