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Journal Title: Journal of Child Language
Volume/Issue:   32/3
Date: August 2005
Table of Contents: Do parents lead their children by the hand?
by Şeyda Özçalişkan, Susan Goldin-Meadow
pp 481-505

Consonant–vowel co-occurrence patterns in Mandarin-learning infants
by Li-mei Chen, Raymond D Kent
pp 507-534

Acquiring the English adjective lexicon: relationships with input properties and adjectival semantic typology
by Aleka Akoyunoglou Blackwell
pp 535-562

The precocious two-year-old: status of the lexicon and links to the grammar
by Karla K Mcgregor, Li Sheng, Bruce L. Smith
pp 563-585

The acquisition of auxiliaries BE and HAVE: an elicitation study
by Anna L. Theakston, Elena V. Lieven
pp 587-616

When opportunity knocks twice: two-year-olds' repetition of sentence subjects
by Stephanie Aubry
pp 617-641

Negative input for grammatical errors: effects after a lag of 12 weeks
by Matthew Saxton, Phillip Backley, Clare Gallaway
pp 643-672

Parent–child picture-book reading, mothers' mental state language and children's theory of mind
by Juan E. Adrian, Rosa A. Clemente, Lidon Villanueva, Carolien Rieffe
pp 673-686

Time in Child Inuktitut: a developmental study of an Eskimo-Aleut language
reviewed by Richard M. Weist
pp 687-692

Talking to Adults: the contribution of multiparty discourse to language acquisition
reviewed by Susan Ervin-Tripp
pp 692-697

Constructing a Language: a usage-based theory of language acquisition.
reviewed by Julian M Pine
pp 697-702

The Foundations of Mind
reviewed by Amanda Brandone, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Wei Yi Ma, Sara J. Salkind, Jennifer M. Zosh
pp 702-708

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Subject Language(s): Aleut
Chinese, Mandarin
LL Issue: 16.2719