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Language Development: The Essential Readings

Language Development: The Essential Readings

Mike Tomasello (Editor), Elizabeth Bates (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-21745-9

Dec 2001

388 pages

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This collection brings together for students the essential readings from the broad and fast-moving field of child language development.

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Part I: Introduction to Speech Perception:.

1. Peter W. Jusczyk: Finding and Remembering Words: Some Beginnings by English-Learning Infants from Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1997, Volume 6, 170-174.

2. Janet F. Werker and Renée N: Desjardins. Listening to Speech in the 1st Year of Life: Experiential Influences on Phoneme Perception from Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1995, Volume 4, 76-81.

3. Franck Ramus, Marc D. Hauser, Cory Miller, Dylan Morris, Jacques Mehler: Language Discrimination by Human Newborns and by Coton-Top Tamarin Monkeys from Science, 2000, Volume 288, 349-351.

4. R. L. Gómez and L. A. Gerken: Infant artificial language learning and language acquisition from Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2000, 4, 178.186.

5. Anne Fernald, John P. Pinto, Daniel Swingley, Amy Weinberg, and Gerald W. McRoberts: Rapid Gains in Speed of Verbal Processing by Infants in the 2nd Year from Psychological Science, 1998, Volume 9, 228-231.

Part II: Introduction to Word learning:.

6. Helen I. Shwe and Ellen M. Markman: Young Children's Appreciation of the Mental Impact of Their Communicative Signals from Developmental Psychology, 1997, Volume 33, 630-636.

7. Maria Cristina Caselli et al: Lexical Development in English and Italian from Cognitive Development, 1995.

8. Michael Tomasello: Perceiving Intentions an Learning Words in the Second Year of Life in: M. Bowerman and S. Levinson (Eds.), Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development, 2000, Cambridge University Press.

9. Lori Markson and Paul Bloom: Evidence Against a Dedicated System for Word Learning in Children from Nature, 1997, Volume 385, 813-815.

10. Elizabeth Bates, Judith C. Goodman: On the Inseparability of Grammar and the Lexicon: Evidence from Acquisition, Aphasia and Real-Time Processing from Language and Cognitive Processes, 1997, 507-584.

Part III: Introduction to Grammatical Development:.

11. Michael Tomasello: The Item-Based Nature of Children's Early Syntactic Development from Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2000, Volume 4, 156-163.

12. Nameera Akhtar: Acquiring Basic Word Order: Evidence for Data-Driven Learning of Syntactic Structure from Journal of Child Language, 1999, Volume 26, 339-356.

13. Klaus-Michael Koepcke: The Acquisition of Plural Marking in English and German Revisited: Schemata Versus Rules from Journal of Child Language, 1998, Volume 25, 293-319.

14. Nancy Budwig: An Exploration Into Children's Use of Passives from Linguistics, 1990, Volume 28, 1221-1252.

15. Lois Bloom, Matthew Rispoli, Barbara Gartner, and Jeremie Hafitz: Acquisition of Complementation from Journal of Child Language, 1989, Volume 16, 101-120.

16. Dan I. Slobin: Form/Function Relations: How Do Children Find Out What They Are? in: M. Bowerman and S. Levinson (Eds.), Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development, 2000, Cambridge University Press.

Part IV: Brain, Genes, & Computation in Language Development:.

17. Jeffrey. L. Elman: Connectionism and Language Acquisition.

18. Barbara Clancy and Barbara Finlay: Neural Correlelates of Early Language Learning Excerpted from E. Bates, D. Thal, B.L. Finlay, and B. Clancy: Early Language Development and its Neural Correlates (in press) Early Language Development and its Neural Correlates to Appear in I. Rapin and S. Segalowitz (Eds.), Handbook of Neuropsychology, Volume 6, Child Neurology (2nd edition). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

19. Annette Karniloff-Smith: Development Itself Is the Key to Understanding Developmental Disorders from Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1998, Volume 2, 389-398.


  • Edited by well-known and influential researchers in the field

  • Takes an interactive, rather than nativist, approach

  • Looks forward to the future of research into language development

  • Can be used as a supplement or as a main text for language development courses