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Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition
Drawing together a vast body of empirical research in cognitive science, linguistics, and developmental psychology, Michael Tomasello demonstrates that we don't need a self-contained language instinct to explain how children learn language. Their linguistic ability is interwoven with other cognitive abilities.
Paperback, 388 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Harvard University Press
(first published 2003)
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A persuasive account of how children learn language that is an alternative to the predominant Chomskian innatist approach that considers language learning a pure wonder of a genetic inheritance. Research-filled, well organized and articulated.