Language learning : a special case for developmental psychology?

http://library.ied.edu.hk/search/aHowe%2C+Christine./ahowe+christine/-2%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=ahowe+christine&3%2C%2C3 Author: Howe, Christine. Title: Language learning : a special case for developmental psychology? / Christine J. Howe. Pub info: Hove, East Sussex, U.K. ; Hillsdale, U.S.A. : L. Erlbaum Associates, c1993. CALL NO. : P118 .H67 1993 Description: xi, 219 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Series: Essays in developmental psychology, 0959-3977 Note: Includes bibliographical notes and, "References" p. 193-210 and index. Subject: Language acquisition, Children -- Language, Innateness hypothesis (Linguistics), Developmental psychology. This is a book talking about how children learn their mother tongue. It is an essay from the angle of developmental psychology. The book suggested that the development of computational linguistics put focuses of linguists into the grammar and generation of grammar. However, studies from psychologists suggested that infants do not learn their mother tongue in the form of grammar, but on a contextual base. They adjusted their learning and try to connect the meaning of real life language to their experience. Therefore, younger children cannot understand complex sentences and abstract ideas, because they cannot form linkage between the two.