978-1-85359-019-1 / 9781853590191

Language Acquisition: The Age Factor (Multilingual Matters 47)


Publisher:Multilingual Matters



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There is a widespread belief, both in the scientific world and in society at large, that the way in which and the extent to which one learns a language is dependent on age. In discussion, reference is often made to "speech milestones", "critical period" and "language readiness", "optimal" and "sensitive" periods. The evidence for an age factor in language acquisition is examined here, from studies of "wolf children" to the mental capacities of the very old. The book also looks at broader theoretical issues and, on a practical note, the ramifications of the age question with regard to second language tuition.

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