Recent Advances in the Psychology of Language: Language Development and Mother-Child Interaction

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 491–493. Reviews the books, Recent Advances in the Psychology of Language: Formal and Experimental Approaches by Robin N. Campbell and Philip T. Smith (Eds.) (1978); and Recent Advances in the Psychology of Language: Language Development and Mother-Child Interaction by Robin N. Campbell and Philip T. Smith (Eds.) (1978). This volume is a collection of 25 papers from the Stirling Psychology of Language Conference held at the University of Stirling, Scotland. The topics covered give a fairly good picture of the interests of developmental psycholinguists in 1976. There are many interesting papers in this book, but as might be expected in conference proceedings, the variability in quality is enormous. The papers range from integrative essays on a broad topic to reports of pilot studies. Unfortunately, the good papers are not likely to reach as wide an audience as they would in either a journal. In this volume, the coherent theme is lacking. In summary, this volume would be useful as a sampler of some current issues in the field of language acquisition. I would not recommend the book for a course in language development. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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