Most popular Language acquisition books
The most popular Language acquisition books currently available. Updated weekly.
An expertly written Spanish B course now updated for first examination 2020, providing students with thought-provoking materials to help them develop strong language skills and solid critical thinking.
For students of English language, linguistics or modern languages, this introduction explores second language (L2) learning in terms of five problems facing the L2 learner: 'breaking into' the language; associating forms with meanings; learning L2 syntax; learning L2 semantics; and learning about context of use.
This prize-winning, readable introduction to research in language acquisition is recommended reading for second language teachers worldwide.
Originally published as An Introduction to bilingualism, 2008.
Drawing on research from applied linguistics, linguistics, psychology and the speech sciences, this textbook focuses particularly on second language speech - how individuals perceive and produce the sounds of their second language. Each chapter includes illustrative case studies, review questions, and a tutorial section with practical exercises.
Research into complexity, accuracy and fluency (CAF) as basic dimensions of second language performance, proficiency and development has received increased attention in SLA. This volume showcases the research on CAF by bringing together eleven contributions from renowned international researchers in the field.
This book offers a simple introduction to the principles of grammar to help students preparing to study a foreign language. It uses examples from several widely-studied languages, including English, to show how the same principles apply across very different languages.
Covers the major aspects of linguistics. This guide begins at the 'arts' end of the subject and finishes at the 'science' end, with the discoveries regarding language in the brain. It looks at the prehistory of languages and their common origins, language and evolution, language in time and space, grammar and dictionaries and phonetics.
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 children's linguistic ability is interwoven with other cognitive abilities.
This textbook introduces the reader to concepts of sociocultural theory, through a series of narratives illuminating key concepts of the theory. This 2nd edition references recent studies that provide important instances of Vygotskian sociocultural theory in second language education and research, as well as questions for collaborative discussion.
Berwick and Chomsky draw on recent developments in linguistic theory to offer an evolutionary account of language and humans' remarkable, species-specific ability to acquire it.
"First edition published 2011 by Pearson Education Limited."
Presenting the latest thinking and research on how children acquire their first language, this book takes the reader from a standing start to the point where they can engage with key debates and current research in the field of child language.
"In this pack, you will find eleven picture books and this user guide. The sounds targeted are: /t/, /d/, /p/, /b/, /g/, /k/, /f/, /n/, /m/, /s/, and /s/ blends. This range includes early developing sounds, as well as sounds that are frequently targeted in speech therapy during the early years. Other sounds will be covered in future packs."--Introduction.
When first published in 1923, this classic work took the psychological world by storm. Piaget's views expressed in this book, have continued to influence the world of developmental psychology to this day.
This mixed-methods study investigates the link between accent and identity in an English as a lingua franca setting. A quantitative speech data analysis of eight phonetic features describes the German and French speakers' accents, while a qualitative analysis of introspective interview data exhibits how they differ in terms of identity.
"Also available as an E-Module!"--Cover.
This is a cutting-edge yet accessible introduction to Second Language Acquisition. It covers concepts, themes, goals, research problems, methods, theories and new directions.
This new, fully updated edition continues to provide an authoritative and highly readable introduction to key areas of theory and research in second language acquisition.
An updated edition of the key reference work in the area of second and foreign language vocabulary studies.
Written at the inception of the field, this paper delineates a disciplinary scope; ask penetrating questions; advances daring hypotheses; and proposes a conceptual and empirical framework that continues to stimulate second language acquisition (SLA) research. It is suitable for novices and experts alike in and beyond the field of SLA.
Provides the reader with reviews of the major contemporary approaches to Second language acquisition (SLA), the research carried out within them and, wherever appropriate, the implications and/or applications for theory, research and pedagogy that might derive from the available empirical evidence.
Previous edition: Second language research / Alison Mackey, 1st ed., 2005.
Bringing together multiple sources of data and combining existing theories across language teacher cognition, teacher education, second language motivation and psychology, this empirically-grounded analysis of teacher development in action offers new insights into the complex and dynamic nature of language teachers' conceptual change.
This book examines the applications of language learning motivation research theories and models from WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, developed) contexts to the EFL situation in Asian countries. Themes include the use of L2 selves as a theoretical model of motivation, teacher motivation and demotivation in Asian educational systems.
Arguing for a reappraisal of the phenomenon of literacy, and hence for a profound shift in educational practice, this volume plays close attention to the plethora of objects which children constantly produce: drawings, cuttings-out, "writings" and collages.
This engaging and accessible book explains the incredible mastery of language by young children, discussing how they learn to produce and distinguish among sounds, and their acquisition of words and meanings, and of the rules for building sentences. An invaluable resource for anyone wishing to discover how children acquire language.
Introduces teachers to research methods they can use to examine their own classrooms in order to become more effective teachers. The author emphasizes that what a teacher chooses to examine will dictate which method is most effective. Each chapter includes activities to help readers apply the methods described, often by analyzing research data.
The book discusses vocabulary learning strategies as an integral subgroup of language learning strategies. It attempts to integrate the approaches of theories of second language acquisition, the theory and practice of instructed foreign language learning, and the findings of current empirical research.
A comprehensive introduction to language acquisition based on current linguistic theory.
This book walks parents through the multilingual reading and writing process from infancy to adolescence. It identifies essential skills at each developmental stage and proposes effective strategies that facilitate multiliteracy, in particular, heritage-language literacy development in the home environment.
A new edition of a foundational work of cognitive science that outlines a theory of the development of specifically human higher mental functions.
Introducing Second Language Acquisition: Perspectives and Practices represents a clear and concise introduction to the main concepts, issues, and debates in second language acquisition studies aimed specifically at undergraduates encountering the topic for the first time.