Critical Influences on Child Language Acquisition and Development

  • David J. Messer
  • Geoffrey J. Turner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Deployment of Speech During Early Development

  3. Linguistic Interaction and Family Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Tove Klausen, Marlene S. Subritzky, Mariko Hayashi
      Pages 65-92
  4. Situational Influences on Grammar

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Rosemary J. Stevenson, Kerry M. Sims
      Pages 138-155
  5. Multidimensional Aspects of Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Morag L. Donaldson, Katrina Laing
      Pages 159-178
    3. Barbara Lloyd, Roger Goodwin
      Pages 179-194
  6. Constraints on Language Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. John Clibbens, Margaret Harris
      Pages 197-208
    3. Janet Howell, Anne Hill, Elizabeth Dean, Daphne Waters
      Pages 209-228
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 250-278

About this book


The book identifies and assesses the importance of a range of influences on child language acquisition and development, paying particular attention to situational influences. Key issues are highlighted and recent research is succinctly presented. There are five sections: the deployment of speech during early development; linguistic interaction and family background: encoding the situation; multidimentional aspects of language development; and constraints on language development. There are twelve chapters on these themes contributed by leading researchers in this area.


bibliography bilingualism communication construction grammar interaction intonation language language acquisition language development nature Orient phonological process phonology semantic

Editors and affiliations

  • David J. Messer
    • 1
  • Geoffrey J. Turner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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