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Introduction to Language Development

Sandra Levey
Details:
368 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10"
ISBN13:
978-1-59756-489-2
Release Date:
03/15/2013
$114.95

Overview

Introduction to Language Development provides an up-to-date yet comprehensible introduction to the complexity of language development. The textbook is designed for use in language acquisition courses in undergraduate and graduate-level courses in speech-language pathology programs. The primary components of language development (morphology, phonology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, literacy development, and multicultural and multilinguistic differences) are presented in an uncomplicated manner, along with examples that illustrate children's speech and language behaviors.

Key features:

  • Each chapter begins with an illustrative vignette and learning objectives to support students' understanding of the main points
  • Within the chapters, tables and figures provide examples and features that elaborate and clarify the information presented
  • Study questions appear at the end of each chapter to assure students grasp and retain the information presented in the text and classroom lectures
  • A comprehensive glossary of key words in each chapter helps students locate the definitions of key terms


COMPANION WORKBOOK
Introduction to Language Development Workbook is also available to help reinforce student comprehension of the material in the textbook. Learn more about the Introduction to Language Development Workbook.

Watch Sandra Levey talk about the book and companion workbook in this video.

Reviews

  • Jidong Chen, California State University- Fresno (2013):
    "The book is very well written and easy to read. It also covers lots of interesting issues concerning child language development from pre-linguistic infants to school aged children. It would be a great textbook for students who are majored in child development or similar areas."

  • James Williams, Soka University (2013):
    "It provides a good overview of most of the major topics in language acquisition and development."

Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Language Acquisition

Sandra Levey
Chapter Objectives
Communication, Speech, and Language
Form
Content
Use
Cognition
A Survey of Communication Disorders
Communication Disorders and Speech and Language Differences
Strategies to Identify Children with Communication Disorders
Pragmatics
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 2. An Introduction to Theories of Language Development

Sandra Levey
Chapter Objectives
An Introduction to the Theories of Language Acquisition and Development
The Nurture Theory of Language Development
The Nature Theory of Language Development
The Nature and Nurture Theories of Language Development
Theories That Combine Innate Skills and the environment in
Language Development
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 3. Speech Production

Stephen A. Cavallo and Sandra Levey
Chapter Objectives
Speech Production: A Complex, Motor Act
Phonation Phonemes english Vowels Consonants Voicing Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 4. The Brain and Speech and Language Development

Sandra Levey and Stephen A. Cavallo
Chapter Objectives
Skills Associated With the Brain
The human Nervous System
The Neuron
The Cranial Nerves
Language and the Brain
Neurological Disorders and Speech and Language Functions
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 5. Infant and Toddler Language Development

Sandra Levey
An Overview of Infant and Toddler Language Development
Chapter Objectives
Infant Perception and Production
Parent and Child Interaction
Early Language Development
Joint Attention and Joint Action
Cognitive Development
Play
Phonological Development
Morphological Development
Syntactic Development
The Components of the Basic Sentence Form
The Development of Negative, Interrogative, and Imperative
Sentence Forms
Semantic Development
Pragmatic Development
Narrative Development
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 6. Preschool-Age Children’s Language Development

Sandra Levey
An Overview of Preschool-Age Children’s Language Development
Chapter Objectives
Cognitive Development
Play and Language
Morphological Development
Syntactic Development
The Interaction Between Syntax and Semantics
An explanation of Syntactic Development
Syntactic Differences
Preschool Children's Phonological Processes
Semantic Development
Pragmatic Development
Emergent Literacy
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 7. Language Development in Middle and Late Childhood and Adolescence

Cheryl Smith Gabig
Chapter Objectives
Sources of Language Development in School-Age Children and

Adolescents

The Five Sources That Play a Role in Language Development
Developmental Changes in Language Form: Complex Syntax and

Morphological Knowledge and Use

Developmental Changes in Language Content: Vocabulary and

Figurative Language

Pragmatic Language Development: Narrative and expository Language
Summary of Language Development in Middle and Late Childhood

and Adolescents

Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 8. The Development of Literacy Skills

Sylvia F. Diehl
Chapter Objectives
The Development of Literacy
Emergent Literacy
Literacy Development in the Preschool Years
Supporting Literacy Development in the Preschool Years
Literacy Development in the elementary School Years
Supporting Literacy Development in the elementary School Years
Literacy Development in Adolescence
Supporting Adolescent Literacy Development
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 9. Factors Associated with Delivering Speech and Language Services to Bilinguals

Brian A. Goldstein
Chapter Objectives
What's in a Name?
Complexity in Defining Bilingual
Bilingual Speech and Language Acquisition
Language Development in Second-Language Acquisition
Transfer and Code-Mixing
Language Loss/Language Disorder
Assessment of Speech and Language Disorders in Bilingual Children
Intervention
Myth or Fact? Revisited
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Chapter 10. The effect of hearing Loss on Language

Brian J. Fligor
An Overview of the Role of hearing Development
Chapter Objectives
An explanation of hearing Abilities
Sound Intensity Defined
The Impact of a hearing Loss on Language Development
The Permanency of hearing Loss
Signs of a hearing Loss
Age of Onset of hearing Loss
Type, Degree, and Configuration of hearing Loss
Caveats to the Type of hearing Loss Denoted by the Audiogram
Hearing Assessment
Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD)
Physiologic Measures of Auditory Function
Intervention
Devices Used for hearing habilitation: FM Systems, Hearing Aids, and Cochlear Implants
Summary
Key Words
Study Questions
References


Glossary
Index

About The Author

Sandra Levey

Sandra Levey is a faculty member 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 and an MA in Linguistics from Stanford University, with a minor in African Studies. Dr. Levey has been designated by ASHA as a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language. She has received research grants for study at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria, and has served as a consultant in Bratislava, Slovakia, for a study of Slovakian children’s morpheme acquisition and as a guest lecturer for speech-language pathologists and linguists from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In 1985, she was the Conference Coordinator of the Stanford Child Language Research Forum for the Stanford University Department of Linguistics. Dr. Levey’s research and publications have focused on bilingualism and cultural differences, and she has presented her research efforts at national and international conferences. She is the editor and chapter author of Language Development: Understanding Diversity in the Classroom, a textbook designed to help pre-teachers understand children’s language development and the language diversity found in classrooms.

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