Child Language Acquisition

Contrasting Theoretical Approaches

by Ben Ambridge,

Is children's language acquisition based on innate linguistic structures or built from cognitive and communicative skills? This book summarises the major theoretical debates in all of the core domains of child language acquisition research (phonology, word-learning, inflectional morphology, syntax and binding) and includes a complete introduction to the two major contrasting theoretical approaches: generativist and constructivist. For each debate, the predictions of the competing accounts are closely and even-handedly evaluated against the empirical data. The result is an evidence-based review of the central issues in language acquisition research that will constitute a valuable resource for students, teachers, course-builders and researchers alike.
  • Cambridge University Press; March 2011
  • ISBN 9781139006057
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Child Language Acquisition
  • Author: Ben Ambridge; Elena V. M. Lieven
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'The focus on theoretical debates, and inclusion of multiple methodologies, is welcome, valuable, and informative.' Letitia Naigles, University of Connecticut