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Title: The Development of Language: Acquisition, Change And Evolution
Written By: David W Lightfoot
Series Title: Blackwell/Maryland Lectures in Language and Cognit
Description:

How and why do languages change over time? Could the way an individual child develops affect aggregate language change? What do the mechanisms of change tell us about the evolution of language in our species? To answer these questions, David Lightfoot looks closely at young children. A child develops a grammar on exposure to some triggering experience. A small perturbation in the trigger may entail a different grammar in the next population of speakers, with dramatic effects.

Publication Year: 1998
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Psycholinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0631210601
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 18.99
U.S. $ 37.95