LINGUIST List 14.3242

Tue Nov 25 2003

Books: Language Acquisition: Clark (ed)/Masataka

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  1. jreid, The Proceedings of the 30th Annual Child Language Research Forum: Clark
  2. jreid, The Onset of Language: Masataka

Message 1: The Proceedings of the 30th Annual Child Language Research Forum: Clark

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 11:19:27 -0500 (EST)
From: jreid <>
Subject: The Proceedings of the 30th Annual Child Language Research Forum: Clark

Title: The Proceedings of the 30th Annual Child Language Research Forum 
Series Title: Annual Child Language Research Forum Proceedings 

Publication Year: 2000 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 

Book URL: 

Availability: Available 

Editor: Eve V Clark, Stanford University 

Paperback: ISBN: 1575862425, Pages: 256, Price: U.S.: 24.95 
Paperback: ISBN: 1575862425, Pages: 256, Price: U.K.: 15.95 


The contributors to the Proceedings of the Thirtieth Meeting of the 
Child Language Research Forum explore their findings on language 
acquisition in a variety of the world's languages, reflecting the 
diversity of interests in the field and the range of languages being 
studied. This volume makes an empirical, as well as a theoretical, 
contribution to linguistic research. Since its inception in 1967, the 
Forum has provided an informal but critical setting for the 
presentation of new ideas and research on first language 
acquisition. The Forum itself is sponsored by the Linguistics 
Department at Stanford University, and is organized by graduate 
students. The Forum draws researchers from around the globe. 

1. Assessing children's knowledge of word order with familiar and 
novel verbs 
Nameera Akhtar and Raquel Jaakkola 
2. Developments in theory of mind and evidentiality 
Ayhan Aksu-Koc and Didem Mersin Alici 
3. Modal reference in children's root infinitives 
Misha Becker and Nina Hyams 
4. Isolated words in mothers' speech to infants 
Michael R. Brent and Jeffrey Mark Siskind 
5. Differential effects of phonology and morphology in children's 
orthographic systems 
Steven Gillis and Dorit Ravid 
6. Evidential final particles in child Cantonese 
Thomas Hun-tak Lee and Ann Law 
7. Tense and aspect in French-speaking children's written and oral 
Catherine Leger 
8. Lexical specificity in children?s early language and its relation 
to lexical patterning in the input 
Elena Lieven and Anna Theakston 
9. Typological differences and the development of representations in 
speech and gesture 
Asli Ozyurek and Seyda Ozcaliskan 
10. The acquisition of tense/aspect and the cline of 
Hrafnhildur Ragnarsdottir, Sven Stromqvist and Asa Nordqvist 
11. The acquisition of causative morphology 
Yasuhiro Shirai, Susanne Miyata, Norio Naka and Yoshiko Sakazaki 
12. Studying on-line sentence processing in children 
John C. Trueswell, Irina Sekerina, Nicole M. Hill and Marian Logrip 
13. The early make-up of children?s verb lexicons 
Sigal Uziel-Karl 
14. The bilingual child 
Colleen Wapole 
15. How Cantonese-speaking two-year-olds fend for themselves through 
the thicket of classifiers 
Cathy S. P. Wong 
16. Compounding and inflection in Finnish child language 
Farrell Ackerman and Sirkka Vanttila 
17. The acquisition of Japanese prosody 
Katsura Aoyama 
18. The phonetics and phonology of minimal words in child speech 
John Archibald and Tim Mills 
19. Gradual learning algorithm predicts acquisition order 
Paul Boersma and Clara C. Levelt 
20. He descended legs-upwards 
Penelope Brown 
21. A twin study of early vocabulary and grammatical development 
Jennifer Ganger, Steven Pinker, Allison Baker and Sonia Chawla 
22. The givenness hierarchy and acquisition of referring expressions 
in English and Spanish 
Jeanette K. Gundel, Sherri Page and Maria Sera 
23. A contextual analysis of a Japanese two-year-old's non-specific 
clarification requests 
Naomi Hamasaki 
24. Do children ever learn about linguistic gender? 
Yonata Levy 
25. High-dimensional semantic space and the acquisition of word meaning 
Ping Li, Kimberly Getty and Ashley Diefendorf 
26. Aren't two children always alike? 
Julien Musolino 
27. Learning inflectional agreement from parental speech 
Tony C. Smith 
28. Cross-situational observation and the semantic bootstrapping 
Jesse Snedeker 
29. Acquisition of Turkish word order 
Karin Stromswold and Natalie Batman-Ratyosyan 
30. Tone sandhi as evidence for segmentation in Taiwanese 
Jane Tsay, Xiao-Jun Chen and James Myers. 

Lingfield(s): Language Acquisition 

Written In: English (Language Code: English) 

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Message 2: The Onset of Language: Masataka

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 11:18:41 -0500 (EST)
From: jreid <>
Subject: The Onset of Language: Masataka

Title: The Onset of Language 
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual 
Development, 9 

Publication Year: 2003 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 

Book URL: 

Availability: Available 

Author: Nobuo Masataka, Kyoto University 

Hardback: ISBN: 0521593964, Pages: 293, Price: U.S.: 70.00 
Hardback: ISBN: 0521593964, Pages: 293, Price: U.K.: 47.50 


The Onset of Language outlines an approach to the development of 
expressive and communicative behaviour from early infancy to the onset 
of single word utterances. Nobuo Masataka's research is rooted in 
ethology and dynamic action theory. He argues that expressive and 
communicative actions are organised as a complex and cooperative 
system with other elements of the infant's physiology, behaviour and 
the social environments. Overall, humans are provided with a finite 
set of specific behaviour patterns, each of which is phylogenetically 
inherited as a primate species. However, the patterns are uniquely 
organised during ontogeny and a coordinated structure emerges which 
eventually leads us to acquire language. This fascinating book offers 
exciting, new insights into the precursors of speech and will be of 
interest to researchers and students of psychology, linguistics and 
animal behaviour biology. 

1. Introduction 
2. The development of the ability to take turns 
3. Cooing in three-month-old infants 
4. The development of vocal imitation 
5. How infant-directed speech influences infant vocal development 
6. From laughter to babbling 
7. Earliest language development in Sign Language 
8. From babbling to speaking 
9. Summary and conclusion. 

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science 
Language Acquisition 

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