Ecology of Language Acquisition

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J.H. Leather, Jet van Dam
Springer Science & Business Media, 2003 - Computers - 225 pages
While most research on language acquisition continues to consider the individual primarily in closed-system terms, Ecology of Language Acquisition emphasizes the emergence of linguistic development through children's and learners' interactions with their environment - spatial, social, cultural, educational, and so on - bringing to light commonalities between primary language development, child and adult second-language learning, and language acquisition by robots. Such a situated, context-responsive perspective on acquisition is able to interrelate insights from a variety of paradigms and disciplines while avoiding unjustifiable appeals to normativity. The theoretical and empirical studies presented here challenge a number of dominant ideas in language acquisition theory and mark an important new research orientation. This work should be of interest to language acquisition researchers and professionals in a wide range of specialisms.
 

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Contents

Towards an ecology of language acquisition
1
Critical realism ecological psychology and imagined communities Foundations for a naturalist theory of language acquisition
31
A tale of two computer classrooms The ecology of projectbased language learning
49
From joint attention to language acquisition How infants learn to control others behavior
65
Beyond cognitive determination interactionism in the acquisition of spatial semantics
83
Language socialization in childrens religious education The discursive and affective construction of identity
107
An integrational linguistic view of coming into language Reflexivity and metonymy
123
The ecology of an SLA community in a computermediated environment
141
Robot babies What can they teach us about language acquisition?
159
Borrowing words Appreciation in child second language discourse
183
Language acquisition behind the scenes Collision and play in educational settings
203
Index
223
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