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Journal Title: Language Sciences
Volume/Issue:   34/5
Issue Title: Language Sciences Special Issue: Caring and conversing: the distributed dynamics of language
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: 1. Editorial board and publication information
Page IFC

Special Issue: Caring and conversing: the distributed dynamics of language

2. Caring, conversing, and realizing values: new directions in language studies
Pages 499-506
Bert H. Hodges, Sune V. Steffensen, James E. Martin

3. From extended phenotype to extended affordance: distributed language at the
intersection of Gibson and Dawkins
Pages 507-512
Dennis P. Waters

4. Care and conversing in dialogical systems
Pages 513-531
Sune Vork Steffensen

5. Interactivity in health care: bodies, values and dynamics
Pages 532-542
Sarah Bro Pedersen

6. Caring in the dynamics of design and languaging: exploring second language
learning in 3D virtual spaces
Pages 543-558
Dongping Zheng

7. Caregivers’ gestures direct infant attention during early word learning: the
importance of dynamic synchrony
Pages 559-568
Nancy de Villiers Rader, Patricia Zukow-Goldring

8. Assisted imitation: first steps in the seed model of language development
Pages 569-582
Patricia Zukow-Goldring

9. The diffusion of novel signs beyond the dyad
Pages 583-590
Bruno Galantucci, Carrie Theisen, Elkin Dario Gutierrez, Christian Kroos, Theo
Rhodes

10. A Whorfian speed bump? Effects of Chinese color names on recognition across
hemispheres
Pages 591-603
Aitao Lu, Bert H. Hodges, Jijia Zhang, Xiaoqing Wang

Regular papers

11. The conjectured role of Polani et al.’s relevant information, behavioral
variation and recursive cognition in selection for a human language faculty
Pages 604-618
James Goodman

12. An ontological approach to the representational lexicon in Functional
Discourse Grammar
Pages 619-634
Christopher S. Butler

13. The philosophical significance of Universal Grammar
Pages 635-649
Wolfram Hinzen


For more on this Language Sciences special issue, see:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/issue/271777-1-s2.0-S0388000112X00044
Or visit the journal homepage at:
http://www.elsevier.com/locate/langsci
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Philosophy of Language
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
 
LL Issue: 23.2761