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Access to Language and Cognitive Development
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Access to Language and Cognitive Development

Michael Siegal and Luca Surian

Abstract

One of the most important questions about children's development involves how knowledge acquisition depends on the effect of language experience. To what extent, and in what ways, is a child's cognitive development influenced by their early experience of, and access to, language? Likewise, what are the effects on development of impaired access to language? This book confronts directly the issue of how possessing an enhanced or impaired access to language influences children's development. Its focus is on learning environments, theory of mind understanding, and the process of deriving meaning f ... More

Keywords: children's development, knowledge acquisition, language experience, cognitive development, access to language, bilingualism, deafness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592722.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Siegal, editor
Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK

Luca Surian, editor
Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Trento, Italy

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