Child language acquisition

Ibbotson, Paul (2012). Child language acquisition. In: Clayton, Dan ed. Language: A Student Handbook On Key Topics And Theories. London: English & Media Centre, pp. 117–133.


The chapter on child language acquisition offers us a world beyond the rather reductive Skinner versus Chomsky debates that have come to dominate A Level English Language. Looking at work on cognitive-functionalism and constructions in speech, it charts the fascinating development of new ideas about how and why children acquire language and offers fresh approaches to the topic.

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