Crosslinguistic Encounters in Language Acquisition: Typical and Atypical Development

Edited by: Elena Babatsouli, David Ingram, Nicole Müller

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This book presents diverse, original research studies on typical and atypical child language acquisition in monolingual, bilingual and bi-dialectal settings, with a focus on development, assessment and research methodology. Languages investigated in the studies include underrepresented languages, such as Farsi, Greek, Icelandic, isiXhosa, Maltese, Mandarin and Slovene, without excluding representative work in major languages like English and Spanish. The language areas of focus are phonology, lexicon, morphology and syntax and the book incorporates studies in under-researched language impairment, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and language impairment in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. The book has practical significance in that it proposes tools and assessment practices that are of universal crosslinguistic relevance while also dealing with language-specific complications. The studies presented enhance existing knowledge and stimulate answers on what the acquisition of disparate languages in different contexts can teach us about language/communication development in the presence or absence of disorder.

This volume is an exciting collection of works which turn "diversity into a core theme". The editors have masterfully brought together studies dealing with typical and atypical language development, cross-linguistic and bilingual research, and language assessment and methodology. The overall result is a comprehensive yet innovative account of recent findings in cross-linguistic language acquisition.

Margaret Kehoe, University of Geneva, Switzerland

This volume addresses cutting-edge topics relevant to assessment and treatment of children acquiring language in bilingual learning environments. The varied developmental levels and language acquisition topics covered will provide a needed resource for both clinicians and researchers related to typical and atypical language development profiles in bilingual children.

Barbara L. Davis, Houston Harte Centennial Professor Emerita, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Babatsouli, Ingram, Müller and team provide thinking SLPs/SLTs with a relevant, readable, sophisticated, research-driven and clinically applicable account of straighforward and disordered crosslinguistic language acquisition in English, Farsi, Icelandic, isiXhosa, Mandarin, Slovene, and more. In a word: polished.

Caroline Bowen, Macquarie University, Australia; the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Elena Babatsouli is Director of the Institute of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech in Chania, Greece. Her research focuses on phonology/phonetics and morphology, and her research interests include typical and atypical language acquisition (first, second, bilingual) and language use (dialects and speech errors).

David Ingram is Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Arizona State University, USA. His research interests include language acquisition in typically developing children and children with language disorders, with a crosslinguistic focus.

Nicole Müller is Professor and Head of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland. Her research interests include multilingualism and neurogenic and neurodegenerative conditions leading to cognitive-communicative impairments. She is co-editor (with Martin J. Ball) of the book series Communication Disorders Across Languages.

Elena Babatsouli, David Ingram and Nicole Müller: Introduction

Section A: Typical Language Acquisition

Chapter 1: Michelle Pascoe, Olebeng Mahura, Jane Le Roux, Emily Danvers, Aimée de Jager, Natania Esterhuizen Chané Naidoo, Juliette Reynders, Savannah Senior, Amy van derMerwe: Speech Development in 3-Year-Old Children Acquiring IsiXhosa and English in South Africa

Chapter 2: Anna V. Sosa: The Impact of Parent Communication Patterns on Infant Volubility During Play with Books

Section B: Methods in Language Analysis and Assessment

Chapter 3:  Elena Babatsouli, David Ingram and Dimitrios Sotiropouloson: The Weight of Phones in Computing Phonological Word Proximity

Chapter 4: Barbara May Bernhardt and Joseph Paul Stemberger: Investigating Typical and Protracted Phonological Development across Languages

Chapter 5: Helen Grech, Barbara Dodd and Sue Franklin: Bilingual Speech Assessment for Maltese Children

Chapter 6: Loukia Taxitari, Maria Kambanaros, Georgios Floros and Kleanthes K. Grohmann: Early Language Development in a Bilectal Context: The Cypriot Adaptation of the MacArthur Bates CDI

Section C: Language Acquisition in the Presence of a Disorder

Chapter 7: Georgia Andreou and Matina Tasioudi: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Does It Really Affect Language Acquisition During Early Childhood?

Chapter 8: Maria Kambanaros, Loukia Taxitari, Eleni Theodorou, Marina Varnava and Kleanthes K. Grohmann: Language Impairment in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: A Case Study from Cyprus

Chapter 9: Mª Isabel Navarro-Ruiz and Lucrecia Rallo Fabra: The Emergence and Development of Self-Repair: A Longitudinal Case Study of Specific Language Impairment from 3 to 6;10 Years.

Chapter 10: Froogh Shooshtaryzadeh: Local Assimilation in Children Acquiring Farsi: A Case Study of Typical Vs. Atypical Phonological Development

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