Ecology of Language Acquisition

  • Jonathan Leather
  • Jet van Dam

Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Jonathan Leather, Jet Van Dam
    Pages 1-29
  3. Leo van Lier
    Pages 49-63
  4. Hideki Kozima, Akira Ito
    Pages 65-81
  5. Jordan Zlatev
    Pages 83-106
  6. A. Patricia Baquedano-López
    Pages 107-121
  7. Wan Shun Eva Lam, Claire Kramsch
    Pages 141-158
  8. David Powers
    Pages 159-181
  9. Gabriele Pallotti
    Pages 183-202
  10. Jet van Dam
    Pages 203-221
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 223-225

About this book


While most research on language acquisition continues to consider the individual primarily in closed-system terms, Ecology of Language Acquisition emphasizes the emergence of linguistic development through children's and learners' interactions with their environment - spatial, social, cultural, educational, and so on - bringing to light commonalities between primary language development, child and adult second-language learning, and language acquisition by robots. Such a situated, context-responsive perspective on acquisition is able to interrelate insights from a variety of paradigms and disciplines while avoiding unjustifiable appeals to normativity. The theoretical and empirical studies presented here challenge a number of dominant ideas in language acquisition theory and mark an important new research orientation. This work should be of interest to language acquisition researchers and professionals in a wide range of specialisms.


Language Development Language socialization language language acquisition learning robot semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Leather
    • 1
  • Jet van Dam
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6170-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0341-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-0292
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