Other Children, Other Languages: Issues in the Theory of Language Acquisition

Other Children, Other Languages: Issues in the Theory of Language Acquisition

Other Children, Other Languages: Issues in the Theory of Language Acquisition

Other Children, Other Languages: Issues in the Theory of Language Acquisition

Synopsis

This volume investigates the implications of the study of populations other than educated, middle-class, normal children and languages other than English on a universal theory of language acquisition. Because the authors represent different theoretical orientations, their contributions permit the reader to appreciate the full spectrum of language acquisition research.

Emphasis is placed on the principle ways in which data from pathology and from a variety of languages may affect universal statements. The contributors confront some of the major theoretical issues in acquisition.

Excerpt

This volume is an outgrowth of one week in June of 1991, when the authors of the chapters met in Jerusalem, Israel, under the auspices of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University, to discuss the theoretical contributions of cross-linguistic and cross-populations studies to language acquisition. In addition to individual presentations, time was devoted to discussions of the specifics of the talks and to the general issues that they raised. Although the discussions do not appear in writing, they have deeply influenced the written versions of the papers that appear here.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Department of Psychology of the Hebrew University, who made this international meeting possible. Their generous support and the beautiful Jerusalem setting made this week pleasurable as well as enlightening.

-- Yonata Levy . . .

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