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Encyclopedia of Language Development

Encyclopedia of Language Development

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April 2014 | 784 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The progression from newborn to sophisticated language user in just a few short years is often described as wonderful and miraculous. What are the biological, cognitive, and social underpinnings of this miracle? What major language development milestones occur in infancy? What methodologies do researchers employ in studying this progression? Why do some become adept at multiple languages while others face a lifelong struggle with just one? What accounts for declines in language proficiency, and how might such declines be moderated? 

Despite an abundance of textbooks, specialized monographs, and a couple of academic handbooks, there has been no encyclopedic reference work in this area--until now. The Encyclopedia of Language Development covers the breadth of theory and research on language development from birth through adulthood, as well as their practical application.


  • This affordable A-to-Z reference includes 200 articles that address such topic areas as theories and research tradition; biological perspectives; cognitive perspectives; family, peer, and  social influences; bilingualism; special populations and disorders; and more.
  • All articles (signed and authored by key figures in the field) conclude with cross reference links and suggestions for further reading.
  • Appendices include a Resource Guide with annotated lists of classic books and articles, journals, associations, and web sites; a Glossary of specialized terms; and a Chronology offering an overview and history of the field.
  • A thematic Reader’s Guide groups related articles by broad topic areas as one handy search feature on the e-Reference platform, which includes a comprehensive index of search terms.

Available in both print and electronic formats, Encyclopedia of Language Development is a must-have reference for researchers and is ideal for library reference or circulating collections.

Key Themes:

  • Categories
  • Effects of language on cognitive development
  • Fundamentals, theories and models of language development
  • Impairments of language development
  • Language development in special populations
  • Literacy and language development
  • Mechanisms of language development
  • Methods in language development research
  • Prelinguistic communicative development
  • Social effects in language acquisition
  • Specific aspects of language development

Patricia J. Brooks

Patricia J. Brooks is professor of psychology at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY), where she directs the Language Learning Laboratory. She serves as the deputy executive officer of the CUNY PhD Program in Psychology (Area: Pedagogy) and faculty advisor to the Graduate Student Teaching Association of the American Psychological Association. Her research interests span two broad areas: (a) individual differences in language learning and development and (b) development of effective pedagogy to support diverse learners.  More About Author

Vera Kempe

Vera Kempe completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Moscow State University and her Ph.D. at Humboldt University Berlin (Ger­many), where she studied sentence processing under the supervision of Friedhart Klix. She then worked as a post-doctoral research fellow with Brian MacWhinney at Carnegie Mellon Univer­sity and with Stephen Christman at the University of Toledo (Ohio). During this period, she became interested in the cross-linguistic study of first and second language learning, and used experimental and computational methods to study how distri­butional characteristics of morphosyntax affect learning and processing in... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452258768

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