LINGUIST List 11.2165

Fri Oct 6 2000

Books: Language Acquisition, Anthropological Ling

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  1. Joyce Reid, Lang Acquisition: Language, Culture and Cognition, Bowerman & Levinson
  2. Joyce Reid, Anthropological Ling: Langauge and Gesture, D.McNeill (Ed.)

Message 1: Lang Acquisition: Language, Culture and Cognition, Bowerman & Levinson

Date: 05 Oct 2000 16:41:02 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Lang Acquisition: Language, Culture and Cognition, Bowerman & Levinson

Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development


Melissa Bowerman, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
Stephen C. Levinson, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,The Netherlands

Recent years have seen a revolution in our knowledge of how children
learn to think and speak. In this volume, leading scholars from these
rapidly evolvingfields of research examine the relationship between
child language acquisitionand cognitive development, bringing two
vital strands of investigation intoclose dialog. The book explains
important new ideas about how language acquisition interacts with the
process of early cognition, providing original empirical contributions
based on a variety of languages, populations and ages as well as
theoretical discussions that bridge psychology, linguistics and


Jonas Langer, Alison Gopnik, Elizabeth S. Spelke, Sanna Tsivkin, Linda
B. Smith, Michael Tomasello, Paul Bloom, Susan Carey, Dedre Gentner,
Lera Boroditsky, John Lucy, Suzanne Gaskins, Werner Deutsch, Angela
Wagner, Renate Buchardt, Nina Schultz, Jorg Nakath, Patricia Brooks,
Martin Braine, Xiangdong Jia, Maria da Graca Dias, Ken Drozd, Eve
Clark, Dan Slobin, Heike Behrens, Melissa Bowerman,Soonja Choi,
Penelope Brown, Lourdes de Le�n, Stephen C. Levinson 


Part I. Foundational Issues: 
1. The mosaic evolution of cognitive and linguistic ontogeny Jonas Langer; 
2. Theories, language and culture: Whorf without wincing Alison Gopnik; 
3. Initial knowledge and conceptual change: space and number 
 Elizabeth S. Spelke and Sanna Tsivkin; 

Part II. Constraints on Word Learning?: 
4. How domain-general processes may create domain-specific biases 
 Linda B. Smith;
5. Perceiving intentions and learning words in the second year of life
 Michael Tomasello; 
6. Roots of word learning Paul Bloom; 

Part III. Entities, Individuation, and Quantification: 
7. Whorf versus continuity theorists: bringing data to bear on the debate 
 Susan Carey;
8. Individuation, relativity, and early word learning Dedre Gentner
 and Lera Boroditsky; 
9. Grammatical categories and the development of classification preferences: 
 a comparative approach John Lucy and Suzanne Gaskins; 
10. Person in the language of singletons, siblings and twins 
 Werner Deutsch, Angela Wagner, Renate Buchardt, Nina Schultz
 and J�rg Nakath; 
11. Early representation for all, each, and their counterparts in Chinese and 
 Portuguese Patricia Brooks, Martin Braine, Xiangdong Jia and 
 Maria da Graca Dias; 
12. Children's weak interpretations of universally quantified questions 
 Ken Drozd; 

Part IV. Relational Concepts in Form-function Mapping: 
13. Emergent categories in first language acquisition Eve Clark; 
14. Form/function relations: how do children find out what they are? 
 Dan Slobin;
15. Cognitive-conceptual development and the acquisition of grammatical 
 morphemes: the development of time concepts and verb tense Heike Behrens; 
16. Shaping meanings for language: universal and language specific in the 
 acquisition of spatial semantic categories
 Melissa Bowerman and Soonja Choi; 
17. Learning to talk about motion UP and DOWN in Tzeltal: 
 is there a language-specific bias for verb learning? Penelope Brown; 
18. Finding the richest path: language and cognition in the acquisition of 
 verticality in Tzotzil (Mayan) Lourdes de Leon; 
19. Covariation between spatial language and cognition, and its implications 
 for language and learning Stephen C. Levinson.

Language, Culture and Cognition 3

2000/c. 420 pp./29 figures/30 graphs/35 line diagrams/32 tables
59358-1/Hb/List: $74.95*
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Message 2: Anthropological Ling: Langauge and Gesture, D.McNeill (Ed.)

Date: 05 Oct 2000 16:43:17 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Anthropological Ling: Langauge and Gesture, D.McNeill (Ed.)

Langauge and Gesture

David McNeill
University of Chicago

This landmark study examines the role of gestures in relation to
speech and thought. Leading scholars, including psychologists,
linguists and anthropologists, offer state-of-the-art analyses to
demonstrate that gestures are not merely an embellishment of speech
but are integral parts of language itself. The volume contributes to a
rapidly growing field of study, offering a wide range of theoretical
perspectives. It has strong cross-linguistic and cross-cultural
components, examining gestures by speakers of Mayan, Australian, East
Asian, as well as English and European languages.


David McNeill, John Haviland, Adam Kendon, Asli Ozyurek, Charles
Goodwin, Nobuhiro Furuyama, Curtis Le Baron, Jurgen Streeck, Susan
D. Duncan, Sotaro Kita, Shuichi Nobe, Rachel I. Mayberry, Joselynne
Jaques, Elena Levy, Carol Fowler, Cynthia Butcher, Susan
Goldin-Meadow, Robert M. Krauss, Yihsiu Chen, Rebecca F. Gottesman,
Jan Peter de Ruiter, Scott Liddell, Jill Morford, Judy Kegl, William
C. Stokoe


Introduction David McNeill; 

Part I. Gesture in Action: 
1. Pointing, gesture spaces, and mental maps John Haviland; 
2. Language and gesture: Unity or duality? Adam Kendon; 
3. Verbal and ges tural expressions of space in socio-spatial context: 
 The integration of space, spatial modality and spatial context 
 Asli Ozy�rek; 
4. Gestures that count Charles Goodwin; 
5. Gestural interaction between the instructor and the learner in origami 
 instruction Nobuhiro Furuyama; 
6. Gestures, knowledge, and the world Curtis Le Baron and Jurgen Streeck; 

Part II. Gesture in Language: 
7. Growth points in thinking-for-speaking David McNeill and Susan D. Duncan; 
8. How representational gestures help speaking Sotaro Kita; 
9. When do most spontaneous representational gestures actually occur with 
 respect to speech? Shuichi Nobe; 
10. The disruption of gesture by stuttering: insights into the nature of the 
 gesture-speech integration Rachel I. Mayberry and Joselynne Jaques; 
11. A multichannel view of communication: the grounding of language 
 comprehension in perception Elena Levy and Carol Fowler; 
12. Gesture and the transition from one-to two-word speech: when hand and 
 mouth come together Cynthia Butcher and Susan Goldin-Meadow; 

Part III. Modeling Gesture Performance: 
13. Lexical gestures and lexical access: a process model Robert M. Krauss, 
 Yihsiu Chen and Rebecca F. Gottesman; 
14. The production of gesture and speech Jan Peter de Ruiter; 
15. Catchments and contexts: non-modular factors in speech and gesture 
 production David McNeill; 

Part IV. From Gesture to Sign: 
16. Blended spaces and deixis in sign language discourse Scott Liddell; 
17. Gestural precursors to linguistic constructs: how input shapes the form 
 of language Jill Morford and Judy Kegl; 
18. Gesture to sign (language) William C. Stokoe.

Language, Culture and Cognition 2

2000/420 pp./4 graphs/44 line diagrams/31 tables
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