This best-selling book addresses language variations among children, new advances in linguistics and neurology, and the importance of literacy, as ... Show synopsis This best-selling book addresses language variations among children, new advances in linguistics and neurology, and the importance of literacy, as well the impact of these issues on our understanding of individual development. In addition, this clearly written and comprehensive book features sections on culturally and linguistically diverse children to reflect the realities of schools in the United States. Developed within a practical framework, Language Development: An Introduction examines every aspect of syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology, and pragmatics. New features to this edition include: * A new chapter (Ch. 11) on School-Age Literacy Development. * Updates to the chapter on Cognitive, Perceptual, and Motor Bases of Early Language and Speech (Ch. 4) that include the latest in brain imaging information to convey links between anatomy, physiology, cognition, and language, as well as the roles these links play in the development of language abnormalities. * Updated Companion Website that now includes extensive audio examples of child language.