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Language Acquisition


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Anyone interested in the scientific study of language acquisition will treasure Guasti's new edition of the widely known textbook. Not only does the book cover an impressive range of phenomena, it also situates their development within the most recent generative model of language architecture and its links with other aspects of human cognition. -- Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, Professor of English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge This is the one textbook on language acquisition that every student should read, and the one that every active researcher will consult. An up-to-date summary of experimental research, this textbook documents the significant progress that has been made in the field of child language over the past forty years. -- Stephen Crain, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University This revised edition is a state-of-the-art nativist introduction to language acquisition that draws from research on more than twenty typologically diverse languages. With its bibliography doubled in length, the book gives a comprehensive overview of the empirical evidence in support of Universal Grammar, based on behavioral and brain imaging findings in typical and atypical language development. It is a timely contribution that will initiate the student into the generative approach to language acquisition, highlighting our current understanding of the linguistic abilities of infants, toddlers, and young children. The book should be a key reference for anyone interested in the cross-linguistic study of language acquisition. -- Thomas Hun-tak Lee, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Maria Teresa Guasti is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Milan-Bicocca.


""One of the greatest assets of this is that it vividly shows the interplay of hypothesis-construction and fact-finding in the research on acquisition.... [It} will convince many readers that theoretically inspired research in language acquisition is today one of the liveliest and most exciting research paradigms within cognitive science."

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