Current Perspectives on Child Language Acquisition: How children use their environment to learn

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In recent years the field has seen an increasing realisation that the full complexity of language acquisition demands theories that (a) explain how children integrate information from multiple sources in the environment, (b) build linguistic representations at a number of different levels, and (c) learn how to combine these representations in order to communicate effectively. These new findings have stimulated new theoretical perspectives that are more centered on explaining learning as a complex dynamic interaction between the child and her environment. This book is the first attempt to bring some of these new perspectives together in one place. It is a collection of essays written by a group of researchers who all take an approach centered on child-environment interaction, and all of whom have been influenced by the work of Elena Lieven, to whom this collection is dedicated.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages330
ISBN (Electronic)978 90 272 6100 7
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 0707 4
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameTrends in Language Acquisition Research
PublisherJohn Benjamins