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Language Development, 5th Edition

  • Erika Hoff Florida Atlantic University
  • ISBN-10: 1133939090  |  ISBN-13: 9781133939092
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2001
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

Erika Hoff's LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT, 5th Edition communicates both the content and the excitement of this quickly evolving field. By presenting a balanced treatment that examines all sides of the issues, Hoff helps readers understand different theoretical points of view--and the research processes that have lead theorists to their findings. After an overview and history of the field, Hoff thoroughly covers the biological bases of language development and the core topics of phonological, lexical, and syntactic development. She also provides in-depth discussions of the communicative foundations of language, the development of communicative competence, language development in special populations, childhood bilingualism, and language development in the school years. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • This market leading text has set the standard. Known for her superior accuracy, scholarship, and readability, Hoff introduces readers to the study of language development in a conversational way, making the material accessible to students with a variety of backgrounds.
  • The text revisits the major theoretical perspectives at the end of each chapter to bring readers back to the important questions that pervade all aspects of language development, to remind students of the theoretical underpinnings of the field, and to encourage them to go beyond the data to issues of interpretation.
  • Hoff summarizes and discusses findings with illustrative studies so students do not lose sight of the big picture, and so they have a realistic context within which to consider and apply the concepts presented.
  • The author provides substantive treatment of literacy in the chapters on childhood bilingualism and the chapter on school-aged language, as well as discussion of cross-linguistic work throughout the text.

Table of Contents

Foundations of Language Development: Contributions of Children's Skills and Experiences.
1. Introduction to the Study of Language Development.
2. Biological Bases of Language Development.
3. Communicative Development: Foundations and Functions of Language.
4. Phonological Development: Learning the Sounds of Language.
5. Lexical Development: Learning Words.
6. The Development of Syntax and Morphology: Learning the Structure of Language.
7. Language, Culture, and Cognition in Development.
8. Childhood Bilingualism.
9. Language in the School Years.
10. Language Development in Special Populations.

What's New

  • This edition has been updated to reflect current research and data findings, including recent data on newly emerging sign languages (as evidence of the language creation capacity of the brain).
  • Chapter 1, "Introduction to the Study of Language Development," now introduces the topic of how the multiple components (or strands) of language are interrelated in development. The broader question of the interrelatedness and mutual bootstrapping of different aspects of language in development is now introduced as an overarching topic.
  • The development and increased use of new methods for studying language development is presented in Chapter 1 and elaborated upon in subsequent chapters.
  • A new chapter, "Foundations of Language Development: Contributions of Children's Skills and Experiences," reflects the growing literature on both the role of early nonlinguistic skills on later language development and on the effects of variability in experience on language development.
  • Chapter 8, "Childhood Bilingualism," has been extensively updated to include new research on speech perception in bilingual infants, trajectories of early bilingual development, and the transition to literacy in bilingual children.
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Meet the Author

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Erika Hoff

Erika Hoff is professor of psychology at Florida Atlantic University. She has taught language development to undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and, since 1996, at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Hoff holds an M.S. in psychology from Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (1976) and a Ph.D. in psychology from University of Michigan (1981). She conducts research on the process of language development in both typically developing children and children with language impairment, and has received funding for this research from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Spencer Foundation. She has published her research in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, First Language, The Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, The Journal of Child Language, and the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. Dr. Hoff has contributed chapters to LINGUISTIC DISORDERS AND PATHOLOGIES: AN INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK (1993), THE HANDBOOK OF PARENTING, (2002), THE HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY, and the MIT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS.