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Child language, learning and linguistics
(London: Edward Arnold, 1976), 106 pp. 0 7131 5890 5; 0 7131 5891 3 Japanese translation, 1980, 1382 260023 5625 Spanish translation, 1981, Lenguaje infantil, aprendizaje y lingüistica (Barcelona: Editorial Médica y Técnica), ix+126 pp. 84 85298 63 2
Child language, learning and linguistics
(London: Edward Arnold, 1987), 2nd edn v+106 pp. 0 7131 6492 1
Developmental intonology
In W. Von Raffler-Engel & Y. Lebrun (eds), Baby talk and infant speech (Amsterdam, 1976), Proceedings of the Florence Symposium on First Language Acquisition, 1972, 56-65
D.I. Slobin, Leopold's bibliography of child language
Language in Society 3, 1974, 135-40
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Journal of Child Language (editor)
(Cambridge University Press, 1973-85)
Language A to Z (Student edition) - e-book
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Language A-Z (Student edition)
A new edition of this guide to language terms for students of English in the National Curriculum. First published in 1991, it is now made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
This series of books for schools - available for the first time online - originally appeared in 1991, and has been revised and updated to take account of the fresh interest in English language study that has been a part of the school curriculum over the past decade. There were originally two books, aimed at Key Stages 3 and 4, and these have now been integrated into a single work. A search facility has been added to the e-book to enable users to cross-refer between entries.

Over 400 language terms have been taken from the various programmes of study and explained in a lively and entertaining way, with cartoons added by Edward McLachlan. Topics include grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, punctuation, style, literary language, and questions of usage.

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Language A to Z (Teacher's edition) - e-book
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Language A-Z (Teachers edition)
A new edition of the companion book to Language A to Z, with a commentary on all the entries in the student book.
This book contains a commentary on the 400+ entries in the Student Book, providing answers to questions, extra information about topics, further examples, and references to specific sections in several contemporary texts. Over forty extra entries provide additional linguistic perspective.

From reviews of the first edition

About the Student Books: ‘The Crystal books pioneer an admirable course that might even lead to a solution - one day - of the vexed and vexing problems of linguistic nomenclature’. (Bill Mittins, NATE News)
About the Teachers’ Book: ‘a fascinating resource... the examples sparkle and the style is professional speaking to professional’ (Jim Sweetman, Books in Schools)

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Language development in children.
Journal of the Society of Teachers of the Deaf 11, 1972, 4-11
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Language Play - e-book
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Language Play
This lively introduction to the playful use of language, first published in 1998, is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
‘a stimulating treat for everyone interested in language’ (Steven Pinker)

‘illuminating and extremely entertaining’ (Philip Hensher in The Mail on Sunday)

This updated edition of Language Play makes available online a book that was acclaimed for its innovative account of the neglected topic of language play or ‘ludic linguistics’, as it is sometimes called.

It explores a wide range of effects in both spoken and written language, such as puns, dialect humour, funny voices, in-jokes, invented words, crosswords, and the many language games that people like to play. It discusses why people devote so much time and energy to ludic language, and describes how many professionals - from comedians and copy-writers to poets and theologians make a career through their use of it.

The book has also been widely used by teachers, as its later chapters explore the way children learn to play with language and how reading materials can be enhanced, and children motivated, by introducing the dimension of language play.

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For all US and Canada sales, see the University of Chicago Press edition:http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo3630646.html
Linguistic mythology and the first year of life.
British Journal of Disorders of Communication 8, 1973, 29-36
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Listen to your child
(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1986), 240 pp. 0 14 011015 1; 0 14 046753 X
Non-segmental phonology in language acquisition
Lingua 32, 1973, 1-45. Revised in The English Tone of Voice
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Prosodic development.
In P.J. Fletcher & M.A. Garman (eds), Language acquisition (Cambridge: CUP, 1979), 33-48. 2nd edn, 1986, 174-97
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Prosodic systems and language acquisition
In P.R. Léon, G. Faure & A. Rigault (eds), Prosodic feature analysis (Montreal: Didier, 1970), 77-90
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Review of A. Bar Adon & W. Leopold (eds), Child language: a book of readings
Journal of Linguistics 8, 1972, 326-32
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Review of B. McLaughlin, Second-language acquisition in childhood 2
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 2 (3), 1986, 368
Review of J.S. Romine & H. Ehrlich, Quick vocabulary power
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 12 (3), 1996, 375
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Review of K. Stroh & T. Robinson, Learning and communication (video)
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 10 (1), 1994, 124-5
Review of new films on child development (with M. Garman)
Journal of Child Language 1, 1974, 123-33
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Review of R. Brown, A first language
Journal of Child Language 1, 1974, 289-307
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Review of R. Higginson & B. MacWhinney, CHILDES/BIB
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 12 (2), 1996, 254-5
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The analysis of intonation in young children
In F.D. Minifie & L.L. Lloyd (eds), Communication and cognitive abilities - early behavioral assessment (Baltimore: University Park Press), 257-71
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