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Students will gain historical perspective, learn how communication acquisition is more general than actual language acquisition, and enhance their understanding of constructionism, relevance theory, usage theory, and dynamic systems theory.
The book also examines cognitive development and affect in language acquisition, pre-grammatical and grammatical children, speech and hearing mechanisms, phonology, pragmatics, and literacy.
Language Acquisition is designed for courses in language acquisition in any of the following fields of study: child development, communication disorders, deaf education, linguistics, special education and psychology.
Language Acquisition is a companion text to the book Best Practices, which introduces and explores the new field of communication sciences and disorders.