The Development of Language: Acquisition, Change, and Evolution
January 1999, ©1998, Wiley-Blackwell
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"David Lightfoot is addressing the core questions of the study of language: what it is, how it comes to be that way, how the child acquires it. His account is richly textured, integrating many different approaches with lucidity and insight. His analyses and conclusions are challenging and provocative, both for specialists in the particular areas he brings together, and for those seeking a clear picture of current understanding and open problems." Noam Chomsky
'There can be little question that it will represent a major work, required reading for anyone with interests in this area.' Mark Hale, Concordia University
"This book challenges conventional understanding of language learning by showing that language change is essentially contingent-unpredictable but explainable. The role of natural selection in facilitating the understanding of the evolution of the language faculty in the human species is contested." Psycholinguistics