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Journal Title: Journal of Child Language
Volume/Issue:   40/2
Date: 2013
Table of Contents: Four- and six-year-olds use pragmatic competence to guide word learning
by Maria D Vázquez, Sarah S. Delisle, Megan M. Saylor
pp 291-306

Functional reorganization in the developing lexicon: separable and changing influences of lexical and phonological variables on children's fast-mapping
by Cristina Mckean, Carolyn Letts, David M. Howard
pp 307-335

The emergence of grammar in very-low-birth-weight Finnish children at two years of age
by Suvi Stolt, Jaakko Matomäki, Leena Haataja, Helena Lapinleimu, Liisa Lehtonen
pp 336-357

Verbs and attention to relational roles in English and Tamil
by Nitya Sethuraman, Linda B. Smith
pp 358-390

The initial stages of first-language acquisition begun in adolescence: when late looks early
by Naja Ferjan Ramírez, Amy M. Lieberman, Rachel I. Mayberry
pp 391-414

Towards a dialect-neutral assessment instrument for the language skills of Afrikaans-speaking children: the role of socioeconomic status
by Frenette Southwood
pp 415-437

Structure of child and adult past counterfactuals, and implications for acquisition of the construction
by Alison Crutchley
pp 438-468

Children's ability to answer different types of questions
by Dorothe Salome, Elena V. Lieven, Michael Tomasello
pp 469-491

Interaction between phonemic abilities and syllable congruency effect in young readers
by Fabienne Chetail, Stephanie Mathey
pp 492-508

Journal of Child Language, volume 39 contents list – ERRATUM
by pp 509-509

JCL volume 40 issue 2 Cover and Back matter
by pp b1-b7

JCL volume 40 issue 2 Cover and Front matter
by pp f1-f2

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Pragmatics
Language Acquisition
 
LL Issue: 24.552