Language Acquisition Systematically

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 230–231. Reviews the book, Language Acquisition by Jill G. de Villiers and Peter A. de Villiers (1978). In this new introductory text, the authors present a wide-ranging and current survey of the research in child language development. The authors do not shy away from considering controversial theoretical issues. Their text is just as much an introduction to how to think about and evaluate language-acquisition research as it is a comprehensive review of the literature. One of the chapters presents a thorough review of the language-learning disabilities literature. Throughout the text, the authors point out what they describe as the fertile but often tempestuous union between linguistics and psychology in the study of child language. In conclusion, this text is a well-written and thoroughly researched introduction to the study of language development. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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