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An introductory language development text needs to provide a comprehensive overview of the field, but it also needs to engage and excite the reader. Language Development from Theory to Practice by Khara L. Pence and Laura M. Justice exceeds these criteria and provides readers with a theoretical and scientific foundation for the study of language development while also making the material relevant to current and future experiences in clinical, educational, and research settings.
Table of Contents
Language Development: An Introduction
What is Language?
Language as a Module of Human Cognition
How Does Language Relate to Speech, Hearing, and Communication?
What Are the Major Domains of Language?
Content, Form, and Use
Components of Content, Form, and Use
What Are Some Remarkable Features of Language?
What Are Language Differences and Language Disorders?
The Science and Theory of Language Development
Who Studies Language Development and Why?
What Are Some Major Approaches to Studying Language Development?
Approaches to Studying Speech Perception
Approaches to Studying Language Production
Approaches to Studying Language Comprehension
What Are Some Major Language Development Theories?
Questions That Should Be Answered by Language Theories
Major Language Development Theories
How Do Language Development Theories Influence Practice?
Linkage of Theory to Practice
Instruction in English as a Second Language: Theory and Practice
Practices Informed by Language Theories
Building Blocks of Language
What is Semantic Development?
Semantic Building Blocks
Influences on Semantic Development
What is Morphological Development?
Morphological Building Blocks
Influences on Morphological Development
What is Syntactic Development?
Syntactic Building Blocks
Influences on Syntactic Development
What is Phonological Development?
Phonological Building Blocks
Influences on Phonological Development
What is Pragmatic Development?
Pragmatic Building Blocks
Influences on Pragmatic Development
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Language
What Are Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology?
What Are the Major Structures and Functions of the Human Brain?
How Does the Human Brain Process and Produce Language
Syntax and Morphology
What Are Neurophysiological and Neuroanatomical Sensitive Periods?
Sensitive Periods Defined
Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological Concepts Related to Sensitive Periods
Sensitive Periods and Language Acquisition
Infancy: Let the Language Achievements Begin
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in Infancy?
Infant Speech Perception
Awareness of Actions and Intentions
What Are Some of the Early Foundations for Language Development?
Joint Reference and Attention
Daily Routines of Infancy
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize Infancy?
What Factors Influence Infants' Individual Achievements in Language?
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in Infancy?
Toddlerhood: Exploring the World and Experimenting with Language
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in Toddlerhood?
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize Toddlerhood?
What Factors Influence Toddlers' Individual Achievements in Language?
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in Toddlerhood?
Preschool: Building Literacy on Language
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in the Preschool Period?
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize the Preschool Period?
What Factors Influence Preschoolers' Individual Achievements in Language?
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in the Preschool Period?
School-Age Years and Beyond: Developing Later Language
What Major Language Development Milestones Occur in the School-Age Years and Beyond?
Shifting Sources of Language Input
Acquisition of Metalinguistic Competence
What Major Achievements in Language Content, Form, and Use Characterize the School-Age Years and Beyond?
What Factors Influence School-Age Children's, Adolescents', and Adults' Individual Competencies in Language?
Gender Differences in Vocabulary Use and Conversational Style
Gender Differences in Conversational Pragmatics
How Do Researchers and Clinicians Measure Language Development in the School-Age Years and Beyond?
Assessment of Language Content
Assessment of Language Form
Assessment of Language Use
What is the Connection Between Language and Culture?
The Interrelatedness of Language and Culture
How Do Languages Evolve and Change?
What Are Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition?
Second Language Acquisition
What Are Some Prevailing Theories of Second Language Acquisition and Their Implications for Practice?
Language Disorders in Children
What is a Language Disorder?
Social, Psychological, and Educational Impact
Language Disorders and Language Differences
The Meaning of Significant
Prevalence and Incidence
Who Identifies and Treats Children with Language Disorders?
What Are the Major Types of Child Language Disorders?
Specific Language Impairment
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury
How Are Child Language Disorders Identified and Treated?
Identification of Language Disorders
Treatment of Language Disorders
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