Taking a multi-disciplinary focus, this book examines language development, from birth to adulthood, and the role culture plays in its development. Based on sound research and evidence-based practices, it provides an introduction to the science and theory of language development, the building blocks of language, and the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of language. Separate chapters discuss language development in infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, and school age years. Coverage of language diversity and language disorders in children is also presented. Each chapter includes reader friendly features (graphs, charts, tables, etc.), emphasizes multicultural considerations and highlights the current language development research activities of an established scientist.