1. On the Development of the Field of Language Development: Marilyn Shatz (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).
Part I: Basic Foundations and Theoretical Approaches to Language Development:.
2. The Neurodevelopmental Bases of Language: Valerie L. Shafer (City University of New York) and Karen Garrido-Nag (City University of New York).
3. Formal and Computational Constraints on Language Development: Helen Goodluck (University of York).
4. Domain-General Learning Capacities: Jenny R. Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Erik D. Thiessen (Carnegie Mellon University).
5. How Inherently Social is Language?: Dare Baldwin (University of Oregon, Eugene) and Meredith Meyer (University of Oregon, Eugene).
6. Input and the Acquisition of Language: Three Questions: Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole (University of Wales, Bangor) and Erika Hoff (Florida Atlantic University).
7. The Emergence of Language: A Dynamical Systems Account: Julia L. Evans (San Diego State University).
Part II: Language Development in Infancy:.
8. Experiential Influences on Speech Perception and Speech Production in Infancy: Linda Polka (McGill University, Montreal), Susan Rvachew (McGill University, Montreal), and Karen Mattock (McGill University, Montreal).
9. Acquiring Linguistic Structure: LouAnn Gerken (University of Arizona, Tucson).
10. Cognitive Processes in Early Word Learning: Diane Poulin-Dubois (Concordia University, Montreal) and Susan A. Graham (University of Calgary).
11. Syntactic Supports for Word Learning: Letitia R. Naigles (University of Connecticut, Storrs) and Lauren D. Swensen (University of Connecticut, Storrs).
Part III: Language Development in Early Childhood:.
12. Phonological Development: Carol Stoel-Gammon (University of Washington, Seattle) and Anna Vogel Sosa (University of Washington, Seattle).
13. Mechanisms of Word Learning: Gil Diesendruck (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel).
14. The Abstract Nature of Syntactic Representations: Consequences for a Theory of Learning: Jeffrey Lidz (University of Maryland, College Park).
15. Conversational Understanding in Young Children: Michael Siegal (University of Trieste/University of Sheffield) and Luca Surian (University of Trieste).
16. Bilingual First Language Acquisition: Fred Genesee (McGill University, Montreal) and Elena Nicoladis (University of Alberta, Edmonton).
Part IV: Language Development after Early Childhood:.
17. Developing Linguistic Knowledge and Language Use Across Adolescence: Ruth A. Berman (Tel Aviv University).
18. Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children in the Early School Years: D. Kimbrough Oller (University of Memphis) and Linda Jarmulowicz (University of Memphis).
19. Second Language Acquisition in Childhood: Johanne Paradis (University of Alberta, Edmonton).
Part V: Atypical Language Development:.
20. Children with Specific Language Impairment: Bridging the Genetic and Developmental Perspectives: Mabel L. Rice (University of Kansas, Lawrence).
21. Atypical Language Development: Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Helen Tager-Flusberg (Boston University).
22. Reading and Reading Disorders: Heikki Lyytinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland), Jane Erskine (Niilo Mäki Institute, Jyväskylä, Finland), Mikko Aro (Niilo Mäki Institute, Jyväskylä, Finland), and Ulla Richardson (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).
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