How do children acquire language? How does real life language acquisition differ from results found in controlled environments? And how is modern life challenging established theories? Going far beyond laboratory experiments, the International Handbook of Language Acquisition examines a wide range of topics surrounding language development to shed light on how children acquire language in the real world.

The foremost experts in the field cover a variety of issues, from the underlying cognitive processes and role of language input to development of key language dimensions as well as both typical and atypical language development. Horst and Torkildsen balance a theoretical foundation with data acquired from applied settings to offer a truly comprehensive reference book with an international outlook.

The International Handbook of Language Acquisition is essential reading for graduate students and researchers in language acquisition across developmental psychology, developmental neuropsychology, linguistics, early childhood education, and communication disorders.

section Section 1|150 pages

Foundations of language acquisition

chapter 1|17 pages

Research on First Language Acquisition

A brief history
ByEve V. Clark

chapter 2|13 pages

Neural Basis of Language Acquisition

ByAngela D. Friederici, Jens Brauer

chapter 3|18 pages

The Genetics of Language Acquisition

ByHayley S. Mountford, Dianne F. Newbury

chapter 4|25 pages

Statistical Learning Approaches to Studying Language Development

ByRyan A. Cannistraci, Rodrigo Dal Ben, Ferhat Karaman, Sara Parvanezadeh Esfahani, Jessica F. Hay

chapter 5|26 pages

Computational and Robotic Models of Early Language Development

A review
ByPierre-Yves Oudeyer, George Kachergis, William Schueller

chapter 6|13 pages

Building the Foundations of Language

Mechanisms of curiosity-driven learning
ByKatherine E. Twomey, Gert Westermann

chapter 7|13 pages

Visual Objects as They Are Encountered by Young Language Learners

ByHanako Yoshida, Caitlin M. Fausey

chapter 8|23 pages

A Role for Sleep in Understanding Language Acquisition

ByRebecca L. Gómez, Katherine Esterline

section Section 2|170 pages

Dimensions of language learning

chapter 9|20 pages

Speech Perception and Discrimination

From sounds to words
ByCaroline Junge, Natalie Boll-Avetisyan, Titia Benders

chapter 10|22 pages

Advances in Early Speech Production

Interactions with maturation, perception and learning
ByMarilyn M. Vihman

chapter 11|18 pages

Learning, Recognizing, and Extending the Meanings Words

ByLynn K. Perry, Jessica S. Horst

chapter 12|21 pages

Learning Language from the Use of Gestures

ByKatharina J. Rohlfing

chapter 13|27 pages

Pragmatic Development

Learning to use language to communicate
ByIngrid Lossius Falkum

chapter 14|24 pages

The Role of Input in Syntax and Morphology Acquisition

Evidence from production
ByAmanda Owen Van Horne

chapter 15|15 pages

Learning Language Is Learning Typology

Acquisition of argument structure and relative clauses in typologically diverse languages
ByDeniz Özkan, Berna A. Uzundag, Aylin C. Küntay

chapter 16|21 pages

Language Development in Simultaneous Bilinguals

The early years
ByFred Genesee

section Section 3|104 pages

Individual differences in language acquisition

chapter 17|18 pages

Individual Differences in Language Acquisition

ByCourtenay F. Norbury

chapter 18|21 pages

Developmental Language Disorder

ByJ. Bruce Tomblin

chapter 19|25 pages

Speech Sound Disorders in Children

BySharynne McLeod, Sarah Masso

chapter 20|17 pages

Language Abilities and Language Growth in Children with Hearing Loss

ByTeresa Y. C. Ching, Linda Cupples, Vicky W. Zhang

chapter 21|21 pages

Language Acquisition in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

ByCalum Hartley

section Section 4|114 pages

Language acquisition in everyday situations

chapter 22|15 pages

Young Children's Word Learning through Overhearing

Next steps
ByNameera Akhtar, Jackson Tolins, Jean E. Fox Tree

chapter 23|20 pages

Learning Language in the Context of Play

ByCatherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, Jacob Schatz

chapter 24|23 pages

Learning Language from Books

ByElaine Reese

chapter 25|19 pages

Using Digital Media to Support Language Learning in Early Childhood

ByGabrielle Strouse

chapter 26|16 pages

The Co-Development of Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

ByRichard K. Wagner, Jamie M. Quinn

chapter 27|19 pages

The Early Steps in Becoming a Writer

Enabling participation in a literate world
ByRui A. Alves