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Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition
In this groundbreaking book, Michael Tomasello presents a comprehensive usage-based theory of language acquisition. Drawing together a vast body of empirical research in cognitive science, linguistics, and developmental psychology, Tomasello demonstrates that we don't need a self-contained "language instinct" to explain how children learn language. Their linguistic ability ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published March 31st 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.
Michael Tomasello is an American developmental and comparative psychologist. He is a co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.More about Michael Tomasello...