Cognitive Development and Acquisition of Language

Cognitive Development and Acquisition of Language

1st Edition - September 28, 1973

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  • Editor: Timothy E. Moore
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483294568

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Cognitive Development and Acquisition of Language provides information pertinent to the relationship between cognitive development and language acquisition. This book describes some of the ways in which cognitive growth is reflected in, and interacts with, the development of language. Organized into 13 chapters, this book begins with an overview of generative transformational grammar. This text then presents some of the methodological problems inherent in the investigation of language acquisition. Other chapters consider the argument that the child acquires English expressions for space and time by learning how to apply these expressions to the a priori knowledge he has about time and space. This book discusses as well a general hypothesis about the semantic knowledge by the child. The final chapter provides an integrative review of the research on language development and suggests some ways in which cognitive development and language acquisition are interdependent. This book is a valuable resource for psychologists and linguists.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors



    Language Acquisition and Cognitive Development

    Space, Time, Semantics, and the Child

    Properties of P-Space

    The Properties of English L-Space

    Time as a Spatial Metaphor

    Psychological Implications

    Concluding Remarks

    What's in a Word? On the Child's Acquisition of Semantics in His First Language


    Theories of Semantic Development

    The Present Hypothesis: Semantic Feature Acquisition

    The Evidence

    Sources of Semantic Features


    On the Internal Structure of Perceptual and Semantic Categories

    Part I: Perceptual Categories

    Part II: Semantic Categories

    General Discussion

    Developmental Changes in Memory and the Acquisition of Language

    Code Switching in Children's Language

    Adult Language to Children

    The Children's Language

    The Genesis of Complex Sentences

    A Chronology of the Development of Complex Sentences

    Summary and Concluding Remarks

    Connecting Children's Language and Lingustic Theory

    Structural Relationships in Children's Utterances: Syntactic or Semantic?

    Some Existing Proposals about the Underlying Nature of Children's Utterances

    Evaluating Proposals about Children's Deep Structures

    A Semantic Interpretation of Children's Deep Structures


    The Development of Phonemic Speech Perception


    Pilot Study


    On the Status of Vowel Shift in English


    The Great Vowel Shift

    The Vowel Shift Rules

    An Experiment with Vowel Shift

    Acquisition of Rules


    Appendix A: Pilot Study

    Appendix B: Analysis of Errors

    Some Strategies for the First Two Years

    Prerequisites to Language Learning

    Long-Term Learning

    Learning Order Regularities

    Grammatical Storage

    Language Acquisition System (LAS)


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1973
  • Published: September 28, 1973
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483294568

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Timothy E. Moore

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