Language Development in Children: Description to Detect and Prevent Language Difficulties

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March 2023
358 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-6841-6 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-6840-9 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Language Development in Children: Description to Detect and Prevent Language Difficulties that was published in

Biology & Life Sciences
Medicine & Pharmacology
Public Health & Healthcare

“Language Development in Children: Description to Detect and Prevent Language Difficulties" is focused on the description of language development and the variables affecting the early detection and prevention of language difficulties. Although language difficulties are very common (14%), these difficulties are misdiagnosed due to the lack of visibility and knowledge from professionals of their long-term consequences in education and mental health. To prevent the misdiagnosed identification and assessment of language difficulties, more typical and atypical language studies are needed. In this sense, a good description of language acquisition could help to detect and prevent language difficulties. Nevertheless, most of the research on child language development has been conducted in English and several cross-linguistic studies have shown that some results about language development in English may not be transferred to other languages. Despite the increase in the number of studies, there is still little research about typical and atypical language acquisition in other languages and in bilingual populations. Therefore, this work aims to fill the current void in these studies, give them visibility, and show the latest research about language acquisition in children. In this sense, this work addresses works with several perspectives of child language from a psycholinguistic, psychological, linguistic, and/or educational point of view, including theoretical and empirical studies on typical and atypical child language acquisition and their association with other variables (either social or genetic) that could affect them.

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deaf; preschool; rhyme; rhythm; recitation; engagement; language processing; phonological awareness; sign language; language deprivation; language impairment; single case study; alternating treatments; video games; input; education; adolescent; media; language acquisition; preteens; bilingualism; executive functioning; receptive vocabulary; language development; longitudinal; processing speed; bilingual; impairment; screening; developmental language disorder (DLD); specific language impairment (SLI); nonword repetition; diagnostic markers of DLD/SLI; likelihood ratio; Catalan; European Portuguese; language acquisition; autism; eye-tracker; pseudowords; pupillometry; gaze fixation; Children’s Communication Checklist (CCC-2); Developmental Language Disorder (DLD); parents’ reports; formal measures; pragmatics communicative profile; social cognition; executive functions; non-referential gestures; prosody; pragmatics; children; language development; cognitive development; narrative development; information recall; narrative discourse comprehension; oral narrative discourse performance; acoustics; landmark analysis; Mandarin Chinese; language acquisition; consonant; specific language impairment; clitics; ERP; gender agreement; Spanish; atypical language acquisition; autism; developmental disorders; assessment; MacArthur-Bates CDI; Catalan; lexical spurt; sex; birth order; birth weight; parental education; imitation; gestures; comprehension; preterm children; language delay; predictive factors; language development; GLUT 1 transporter deficiency syndrome (GLUT1DS); language; speech; oral motor; dysarthria; early language development; literacy skills; very preterm; very low birth weight; prematurely born children; longitudinal follow-up; regional cohort study; assessment; early detection; sentence repetition task; sentence imitation task; early language assessment; specific language impairment; developmental language disorder; learning disabilities; reading; writing; type of delivery; twin births; developmental language disorder; language errors; grammatical errors; lexical errors; derivational errors; preschool age; n/a