List of Illustrations. Preface. Part 1: Describing Children's Language 1. The Structure of Early Language 2. Meaning in Children's Language 3. Using Language Part 2: Explanations of Language Development 4. Is Language Learned? 5. Developmental Approaches to Children's Language Part 3: Language Assessment 6. Practical and Theoretical Issues in Language Assessment 7. Sources of Linguistic Information 8. Standardised Tests of Children's Language Part 4: Approaches to Language Teaching 9. Strategies for Improving Language Learning: The Behavioural Approach 10. Strategies for Encouraging Language Development: Naturalistic Approaches 11. The Implications of Children's Characteristics for Language Teaching 12. Who is the Best Person to Teach Language? References. Name Index. Subject Index.