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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 5 edition (Jan. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133939090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133939092
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Foundations of Language Development: Contributions of Children's Skills and Experiences. 1. Introduction to the Study of Language Development. 2. Biological Bases of Language Development. 3. Communicative Development: Foundations and Functions of Language. 4. Phonological Development: Learning the Sounds of Language. 5. Lexical Development: Learning Words. 6. The Development of Syntax and Morphology: Learning the Structure of Language. 7. Language, Culture, and Cognition in Development. 8. Childhood Bilingualism. 9. Language in the School Years. 10. Language Development in Special Populations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Erika Hoff is professor of psychology at Florida Atlantic University. She has taught language development to undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and, since 1996, at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Hoff holds an M.S. in psychology from Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (1976) and a Ph.D. in psychology from University of Michigan (1981). She conducts research on the process of language development in both typically developing children and children with language impairment, and has received funding for this research from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Spencer Foundation. She has published her research in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, First Language, The Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, The Journal of Child Language, and the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. Dr. Hoff has contributed chapters to LINGUISTIC DISORDERS AND PATHOLOGIES: AN INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK (1993), THE HANDBOOK OF PARENTING, (2002), THE HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY, and the MIT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great introductory textbook for students or laypeople interested in language development Jan. 7 2014
By EmeraldKitten - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is written to be very accessible to it's readers - most books and articles that I read about language development are complex and require a lot of jargon to understand; this book clarifies that jargon and uses more accessible terminology to describe common theoretical constructs, as well as a detailed background in the theoretical arguments occurring in the field today.

This book is a comprehensive overview of the various areas of study in language development, which caters well to the diversity of interests and background knowledge of an undergraduate class.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Much improved from 4th Edition Sept. 18 2013
By Karen - Published on
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I like this book. The glossary terms are at the back of the chapters for some reason, but they do have page numbers next to them which is very helpful. There are some changes in the editions, so don't get the fourth edition if your teacher has the fifth edition. You need the new edition if that's what the syllabus requires. It's a pretty good book that goes into detail and has lots and lots of research studies listed in it. Pretty easy to understand. Overall, a good pick for a language development class.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book May 12 2014
By Jenna - Published on
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Read the entire book, and answered all the questions in all 11 chapters. Learned a lot about language acquisition. Worth the $190 spent... but I will be reselling it back to amazon for $150 since I don't need the book anymore. :)
I dont like this book Nov. 6 2015
By Andy Rivas - Published on
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I think the book has a lot of good content but it also can be subjective at times. It also has small amounts of jargon when explaining stuff.
Very informative Oct. 6 2013
By C. Vang - Published on
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It a standard read for any college student and plenty of examples and diagrams to help explain the examples given.