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Title: Beyond Nature-Nurture
Subtitle: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Bates
Edited By: Michael Tomasello
Dan Isaac Slobin

Beyond Nature-Nurture: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Bates is a very special tribute to the University of California, San Diego psycholinguist, developmental psychologist, and cognitive scientist, Elizabeth Ann Bates, who died on December 14, 2003 from pancreatic cancer. Liz was a force of nature; she was also a nurturing force, as is evidenced by this collaborative collection of chapters written by many of her closest colleagues and former students. The book covers a brilliant career of wide-ranging interdisciplinary interests, such as the brain bases of language in children and adults, language and cognitive development in normal and neurologically impaired populations of children, real-time language processing in monolinguals and bilinguals, and crosslinguistic comparisons of language development, language use, and language loss. In this volume, the contributors provide up-to-date reviews of these and other areas of research in an attempt to continue in the directions in which she has pointed us.

The genius of Liz Bates is founded on a deep dedication to science, supported by an enduring sense of humor. The volume is introduced by the editors’ collection of “Bates’s aphorisms,” the wisdom of which guide much of the field today: “[T]he human capacity for language could be both innate and species-specific, and yet involve no mechanisms that evolved specifically and uniquely for language itself. Language could be viewed as a new machine constructed entirely out of old parts.” (Bates & MacWhinney, 1989) The volume also contains a list of her many important publications, as well as some personal reflections of some of the contributors, noting ways in which she made a difference in their lives.

Beyond Nature-Nurture: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Bates should appeal to international scholars in the fields of developmental psycholinguistics, cognitive science, crosslinguistic research, and both child and adult language disorders. It is a state-of-the-art overview of many areas of cognitive science, and will be of classroom use at the graduate level in courses designed as seminars in any of these topics.

Dan I. Slobin & Michael Tomasello

Elizabeth Bates’s Aphorisms for the Study of Language, Cognition,
Development, Biology, and Evolution

Bibliography of Publications by Elizabeth Bates

Gestures and Word Learning

Gesture and the Emergence and Development of Language
Virginia Volterra, Maria Cristina Caselli, Olga Capirci, & Elena Pizzuto

Commonality and Individual Differences in Vocabulary Growth
Philip Dale & Judith Goodman

The Competition Model and Connectionism

New Directions in the Competition Model
Brian MacWhinney

Cues, Constraints, and Competition in Sentence Processing
Jeffrey L. Elman, Mary Hare, & Ken McRae


Words and Grammar
Virginia Marchman & Donna Thal
The Competition Model: Crosslinguistic Studies of Online Processing
Antonella Devescovi & Simonetta D’Amico

Biology and Language

Rethinking Developmental Neurobiology
Barbara L. Finlay

Bates's Emergentist Theory and its Relevance to Understanding Genotype/Phenotype Relations
Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Language and the Brain
Frederic Dick, Nina F. Dronkers, Luigi Pizzamiglio, Ayse Pinar Saygin, Steven L. Small, & Stephen Wilson

Language Processing

The lexicon, grammar, and the past tense: Dissociation revisited
William D. Marslen-Wilson & Lorraine K. Tyler

Perceptual and Attentional Factors in Language Comprehension:
A Domain-General Approach
Jennifer Aydelott, Marta Kutas, & Kara D. Federmeier

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0805850279
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 339
Prices: U.S. $ 69.95