Module Identifier ED31020  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mr Robert Morris Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours. 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Course Work: 2 written assignments c 2,500 words each  100%
Supplementary Assessment All failed or missing elements of assessment to be re-taken or made good. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should:

Brief description

This module presents a description and discussion of first language acquisition, examining descriptive facts ("what" happens "when"?), methodology of investigation ("how" do we collect and analyse data?) and explanations of acquisition ("how" and "why" does acquisition take place as it does?).



The lectures of the module are based on the following:

Tutorial / seminar work will be based:

Reading Lists

** General Text
Ingram, David (1989) First Language Acquisition Cambridge: CUP

(1996.) Child language /edited by Michelle Aldridge. Multilingual Matters 1853593168
(1981.) Explanation in linguistics :the logical problem of language acquisition /edited by Norbert Hornstein and David Lightfoot. Longman 0582291151
(1994.) Input and interaction in language acquisition /edited by Clare Gallaway and Brian J. Richards. Cambridge University Press 0521437253PBK
(1993.) Language acquisition :core readings /edited by Paul Bloom. Harvester Wheatsheaf 0745013678
Atkinson, Martin. (1992.) Children's Syntax :introduction to principles and parameters theory /Martin Atkinson. Blackwell 063117267X
Clark, Eve V. (1993.) The lexicon in acquisition /Eve V. Clark. Cambridge University Press 0521440505
Naremore, Rita C. (1990.) Children learning language /Rita C.Naremore, Robert Hopper. Harper & Row 0060428988
Saleemi, Anjum P. (1992.) Universal grammar and language learnability /Anjum P. Saleemi. Cambridge University Press 0521400759
Wells, Gordon. (1985.) Language development in the pre-school years /Gordon Wells. Cambridge University Press 0521264618
** Supplementary Text
Bloom, Lois Language Development from Two to Three edition n.e.. Camb.U.P. 0521435838
Boysson-Bardies, Benedicte De How Language Comes to Children Bradford Books,U.S. 0262024535
Brown, Roger First Language edition n.e.. Penguin 0140810544
Clark, Eve V. First Language Acquisition Camb.U.P. 0521629977
Crystal, David Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language edition 2r.e.. Camb.U.P. 0521550505
Crystal, David Child Language,Learning and Linguistics E.Arnold 0713158913
Crystal, David Listen to Your Child edition n.e.. Penguin 0140110151
Elliot, Alison J. Child Language Camb.U.P. 0521295564
Fletcher, Paul Child Language Acquisition Arnold 0340645938
Fletcher, Paul Child's Learning of English Blackwell 0631142827
Fletcher, Paul Language acquisition edition 2nd. Cambridge University Press 0521277809
Foster-Cohen, Susan H. Introduction to child language development Addison Wesley Longman 0582087295
Gleason, Jean Berko Development of Language edition 4r.e.. Allyn & B. 0205198856
Golinkoff, Roberta Michnik and Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy How babies talk: the magic and mystery of language in the first three years of life Dutton 0525944559
Goodluck, Helen Language Acquisition Blackwell 0631173862
Guasti, Maria Teresa Language Acquisition MIT P. 026207222X
Harris, John Early Language Development Routledge 0415014174
Hoff-Ginsberg, Erika Language Development Brooks-Cole 0534202926
Hopper, Robert Children Learning Language edition n.e.of 3r.e.. Singular Publishing Group,U.S. 1565938569
Ingram, David First language acquisition Cambridge University Press 0051349168
Karmiloff, Kyra Pathways to Language Harvard U.P. 0674004760
Lock, Andrew Language Development Croom Helm 0709919328
Peccei, Jean Stilwell Child Language edition 2r.e.. Routledge 0415198364
Pierce, Amy E. Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory Kluwer Acad.Publrs. 0792315537
Pinker, Steven Language Instinct edition n.e.. Penguin 0140291237
Radford, Andrew Syntactic Theory and the Acquisition of English Syntax Blackwell 0631163581


This module is at CQFW Level 6