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Introduction to Language Development

Second Edition
Sandra Levey
288 pages, Color Illustrations (2 Color), Softcover, 7 x 10" 1 lbs
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Introduction to Language Development, Second Edition offers a highly accessible introduction to the complexities of language development. The textbook is designed for use in language acquisition courses in undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology programs to facilitate both teaching and learning. Complex terminology and theories are explained through definitions and examples to assure that students are able to grasp the content. Within the second edition of this text, students are presented with language factors -- syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, and pragmatics -- as well as the cognitive abilities that underlie language development. Multilingual and multicultural differences are explored throughout. Other highlights include:

  • Within each chapter, case studies, chapter objectives, and study questions are provided to support students' understanding of the main points
  • Case studies allow instructors to involve students more fully in classroom discussion, along with developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Chapter objectives allow students to understand the scope and goals of the chapter
  • Study questions allow instructors to engage students in discussions of the material and assure students grasp and retain the information
  • Tables and figures provide examples and evidence that elaborate and clarify the information presented
  • A comprehensive glossary of key words in each chapter helps students locate the definitions of key terms

New to this edition:

  • A PluralPlus companion website with multiple choice questions that assess students' knowledge of the content in each chapter and PowerPoint lecture slides for instructors to present material from each chapter
  • Updated to reflect current research throughout
  • Expanded focus on evidence-based practice
  • Improved readability through the use of boxes, explanations, and definitions
  • A greater number of figures and tables for deeper comprehension


Chapter 1. An Introduction to Language Acquisition
Sandra Levey

Chapter 2. An Introduction to the Theories of Language Development
Sandra Levey

Chapter 3. The Brain and Cognitive, Speech, and Language Development
Denise Cruz and Sandra Levey

Chapter 4. Infant and Toddler Language Development
Sandra Levey

Chapter 5. Preschool Language Development
Diana Almodovar and Sandra Levey

Chapter 6. Language Development in Middle and Late Childhood and Adolescence
Maria R. Brea-Spahn and Sandra Levey

Chapter 7. The Development of Literacy Skills
Sylvia F. Diehl

Chapter 8. Bilingual Children's Language Development: Assessment and Intervention
Brian A. Goldstein

Chapter 9. Language Development and Hearing
Brian J. Fligor and Sandra Levey


About The Author

Sandra Levey

Sandra Levey, PhD, is Professor Emerita at the City University of New York, Lehman College. She received her PhD in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an MA in linguistics at Stanford University, with a minor in African Studies. Dr. Levey has been designated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Child Language and Language Disorders as a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language. She has received research grants for study at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria and as a research consultant in Bratislava, Slovakia. Dr. Levey was the conference coordinator of the Seventeenth Annual Stanford Child Language Research Forum that focused on multilingual research. Her research and publications have focused on multilingualism and multiculturalism. She is a member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) and is the chair of the Multilingual and Multicultural Affairs Committee of the IALP. She is the senior editor and chapter author of Language Development: Understanding Diversity in the Classroom, a textbook designed for pre-teachers understanding of diversity in the classrooms.

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