- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019929982X
- ISBN-13: 978-0199299829
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,305,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Language and the Learning Curve: A New Theory of Syntactic Development 1st Edition
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"Interesting and provocative theoretical proposal, supported by empirical evidence...this book presents a very interesting and well-researched proposal for the acquisition of syntax...It is worth reading for anyone interested in formal modelling of language learning."--International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
"Ninio draws together a substantial body of knowledge in an admirable attempt to combine current theories in language acquisition, While intergrating linguistic as well as psychological theories into her own framework ofsyntactic development, she rigorously disposes of cherished notions in both traditions. Her ideas are thought-provoking and critical. Thus, her theory invites students in the field of language acquisition to critically assess its central tenets with relation to usage-based accounts of language as well as generative linguistics... this is a fascinating volume that provides an intricate and stimulating read, recommended to everyone interested in integrative accounts of child language development."--Child Language Bulletin
"Language and the Learning Curve is a breakthrough achievement, elegantly and logically presented, solidly based on evidence from child language research and expertise in current theoretical linguistics."--Katherine Nelson, Department of Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
"This book is very interesting for researchers of language acquisition and for specialists who work on how to make computers understand language and how to link language with broader knowledge networks."--Liu Haitao, Applied and Computational Linguistics, Communication University of China, Beijing
"Anat Ninio has forged a unique role for herself in the field of language acquisition as a creative and innovative researcher... Ninio continuously thinks across theoretical and disciplinary divides in highly constructive ways. Her book presents challenges to received wisdoms in all parts of the field and really makes one think!"--Elena Lieven, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Manchester, UK
"I used the book in one of my MSc courses where it was very popular. The students... were excited about the approach and welcomed it as interesting and refreshingly healthy in wedding well the theory and data and yielding specific predictions. This is one of the reasons I intend to keep using the book in the future!"--Barbora Skarabela, Lecturer, Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh
About the Author
Anat Ninio was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to Israel in 1957 as a child. Attended Hadassim Youth Village until graduating from high school. In 1965 received a B.A. in Statistics and English Linguistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1969 received another B.A. in Psychology, followed by an M.A. in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1974 from the same university, the latter two under the supervision of Professor Daniel Kahneman, specializing in Cognitive Psychology. Spent a year of post-doctoral studies with Professor Jerome Bruner at Oxford, studying early language development. Since 1970 she has been on the faculty of the Hebrew University, first as junior faculty, then as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor. Has spent sabbatical years as a Visiting Scholar or Visiting Professor at Duke University, Durham, at the New School for Social Research in New York, at New York University, New York, at the University of Quebec at Montreal, at Harvard University, Cambridge, at Macquarie University, Sydney, and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Has served as the Chair of the Graduate Developmental Program, and as the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Hebrew University. Served as the Chair of the Sturman Human Development Center and is currently serving as the Chair of the Martin and Vivian Levin Center for the Normal and Psychopathological Development of the Child and Adolescent at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An Associate of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and a member of the Unesco Institute for Education Exchange Network on Functional Literacy in Industrialized Countries. Served on the editorial board of Applied Psycholinguistics and of the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. A member of professional societies such as the Society for Research in Child Development and of the International Association for the Study of Child Language.
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