Language Development: An Introduction (8th Edition) (Allyn & Bacon Communication Sciences and Disorders) 8th Edition

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"What I really like about the Owens text is that he goes into enough detail to make it a 'meaty' text for the serious student." --Margery Whites, St. Cloud State University "The Owens Language Development text provides students with a wealth of current information. I have been satisfied with this text." -- Barbara Weitzner-Lin, State University College of Buffalo --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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As the most widely used text for introductory language development courses across the country, this comprehensive text allows students to understand every aspect of the discipline from a developmental perspective. Structured practically and chronologically, this text presents information in a highly readable manner for students. From language variations among children, new advances in linguistics and neurology, to the importance of literacy, the revised edition of Language Development: An Introduction includes expanded information regarding language development theories, bilingual and dialectical issues, and a unique emphasis on the constructionist perspective.

 

The eighth edition of this textalso includes a companion website that gives students a wealth of new tools for learning. The companion website includes interactive activities, sample test questions, links to helpful online resources, and extensive audio language samples of child language. The companion website can be found at:

http://www.pearsonhighered.com/owens8e/.

 

 

New to this edition:

 

  • Chapter 2 “Describing Language” is completely revised, presenting a more contemporary theoretical perspective.
  • An updated companion website provides students with an online learning aid that reinforces the concepts covered in the text, links to helpful resources, and offers sample test questions.
  • Extensive pedagogical aids including chapter objectives, conclusions, discussion questions, and main point features help students learn concepts, retain information, and think critically about what they have read.
  • Bilingual and dialectal development is now discussed throughout the text rather than in a separate stand-alone chapter to emphasize the pertinence of bilingualism in the United States.
  • Important background information has been added to Appendices to help condense the chapters, increase readability, and highlight important information.
  • Research has been updated throughout the text so that the text reflects the most current research in the field
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Product Details

  • Series: Allyn & Bacon Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013258252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132582520
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
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This book is packed with an incredible amount of information on language development making it a good resource. However, this incredible detail is confusing for students taking their first course in language development.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MissAnthropy on September 29, 2012
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I don't have too much to say about this book, but I felt compelled to point out some things that have irked me while reading it.

While the book is very detailed and full of relevant information the author has included some blatantly stereotypical and offensive examples when talking about differences in culture. An example is on page 132, the last paragraph on the page: The author refers to the "Asian style" of communicating as "more reticent and respectful". He does not even provide data for these generalizations! This reminds me of Orientalist thinking.

Furthermore if this is the 8th edition, I would expect not to read that Arabic is an Indo-European language (page 96, 5th paragraph down). It is not. Arabic is a Semitic language like Hebrew and Tigrinya.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacy McKay on March 2, 2012
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Like some other reviewers have already noted, this textbook is way too detailed and too disorganized. The author jumps from one topic to another, from one stage of development to another, without tying the loose ends together to form a coherent thought. Basically, the book reads like somebody trying to get out all of his/her knowledge of children's language development with no concern for organization. The reader is left with the unsavory task of having to reorganize the text into something comprehensible, and this is a very difficult endeavor that takes too much time. I do not recommend this book at all and urge you to find something else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin DeFazio on April 27, 2011
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This book was the most confusing text I have ever read. The author jumps back and forth between infant weeks, months, and years which made it really confusing when trying to understand the order of milestones. The author expressed too many opinions and personal experiences. This made it difficult to understand the "typical" development of a child. I have seen other reviews explain that the book is very advanced; perhaps this is true because I am an undergraduate student. I may keep the book in case I need it later on, but overall, there has to be a more understandable book out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Brown on January 3, 2007
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This book is chock-full of vital information on the subject. The issue is that it is not an easy read. The words are small and it seems as if the info just goes on and on and on with no page breaks or chapter reviews often. But because of the good content, I've decided to keep the book instead of selling it back.
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I teach this class and used this textbook for one semester. It was extremely difficult to convey the concepts of language development using this book. It uses bottom up processing without drawing meaningful and understandable conclusions. The updates and revisions are not well integrated into the text and some out of date information remains with seemingly contradictory newer research. My students found this to be very confusing.
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By Richard Salvesen on September 17, 2013
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This book was very easy to understand as I was reading it. I would refer it to anyone who would like to learn about language.
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By Lissette Avila on April 3, 2015
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I like that the book has good information but, it's TOO MUCH!!!. this definitely doesn't seem like an introduction book and sentences are jumbled up and not clear on the meaning. I had to get this for a class but, I had to re-read the information over and over again because I just couldn't understand what exactly it was trying to say.
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