Virginia Volterra and Carol Erting have made an important contribu
tion to knowledge with this selection of studies on language
acquisi tion. Collections of studies clustered more or less closely
around a topic are plentiful, but this one is 1 nique. Volterra and
Erting had a clear plan in mind when making their selection. Taken
together, the studies make the case that language is inseparable
from human inter action and communication and, especially in
infancy, as much a matter of gestural as of vocal behavior. The
editors have arranged the papers in five coherent sections and
written an introduction to each section in addition to the expected
general introduction and conclu sion. No introductory course in
child and language development will be complete without this book.
Presenting successively studies of hearing children acquiring
speech languages, of deaf children acquiring sign languages, of
hear ing children of deaf parents, of deaf children of hearing
parents, and of hearing children compared with deaf children,
Volterra and Erting give one a wider than usual view oflanguage
acquisition. It is a view that would have been impossible not many
years ago - when the primary languages of deaf adults had received
neither recognition nor respect."
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||Springer Series in Language and Communication, 27
• Carol J. Erting
||235 x 155 x 18mm (L x W x T)
||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1990
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