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Journal Title: Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics
Volume/Issue:   20/2
Issue Title: Language Acquisition in Bilingual and Atypical Populations: Focus on Developmental Comparisons
Date: 2013
Table of Contents: A Special Issue ofLanguage Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics

Language Acquisition in Bilingual and Atypical Populations: Focus on Developmental Comparisons
Guest-Edited by Tania Ionin

This Special Issue investigates the theoretical mechanisms behind language development in different populations, addressing such empirical research questions as:
• How does age affect linguistic development?
• Is cross-linguistic transfer attested for different types of populations, such as simultaneous vs. sequential bilinguals?
• Is there a critical period for language acquisition, and does it affect development as well as ultimate attainment?
• What are the relative contributions of cognitive vs. linguistic maturity in the development of children with SLI, cognitive impairments or autism?
• Is the source of language difficulty or language breakdown different across populations?

Contents

Developmental Comparisons in Language Acquisition by Tania Ionin
http://bit.ly/11YQ6A8

Assessing Age of Onset Effects in (Early) Child L2 Acquisition by Sharon Unsworth
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10489223.2013.766739#.UcF2i2ed58E

Developmental Comparisons of Implicit and Explicit Language Learning by Karen Lichtman
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10489223.2013.766740#preview

Differential Object Marking in Child and Adult Spanish Heritage Speakers by Silvina Montrul & Noelia Sánchez-Walker
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10489223.2013.766741?journalCode=hlac20#preview

Comparison of Grammar in Neurodevelopmental Disorders: The Case of Binding in Williams Syndrome and Autism With and Without Language Impairment by Alexandra Perovic, Nadya Modyanova & Ken Wexler
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10489223.2013.766742?journalCode=hlac20#preview

Parsing the Passive: Comparing Children With Specific Language Impairment to Sequential Bilingual Children by Theodoros Marinis & Douglas Saddy
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10489223.2013.766743?journalCode=hlac20#preview
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
 
LL Issue: 24.2505