The contributors to this volume explore their findings on language acquisition in a variety of the world's languages, reflecting the diversity of interests in the field and the range of languages being studied. This volume makes an empirical, as well as a theoretical, contribution to linguistic research. Since its inception in 1967, the Forum has provided an informal but critical setting for the presentation of new ideas and research on first language acquisition, drawing researchers from around the globe. The Forum itself is sponsored by the Linguistics Department at Stanford University, and is organized by graduate students.
1. Word learning: a window on early pragmatic understanding Dare A. Baldwin and Michael Tomasello; 2. Acquisition of nouns and verbs in Mandarin and English Susan A. Gelman and Twila Tardif; 3. Complexity in Inuktitut and English child directed speech Martha B. Crago, Shanley E. M. Allen, and Diane Pesco; 4. Pitch modifications in Mi'kmaq child-directed speech E. Jane Fee and Karen Shaw; 5. Manual babbling in deaf and hearing infants: a longitudinal study Kearsy Cormier, Claude Mauk, and Ann Repp; 6. Motoric constraints on early sign acquisition Richard P. Meier, Claude Mauk, Gene R. Mirus, and Kimberly E. Conlin; 7. Early bilingual development in sign language of the Netherlands and Dutch: a case study of a deaf child Nini Hoiting; 8. The development of quotation and reported action: conveying perspective in ASL Karen Emmorey and Judy Reilly; 9. Children's comprehension of Japanese passives: a different perspective Takaaki Suzuki; 10. Evidence for adult prosodic representations in weak syllable omissions of young children Allyson Carter and LouAnn Gerken; 11. Medial cluster reduction in early child speech Diane Ohala; 12. Young children's production of Coda consonants in different Prosodic environments Tania Zamuner and LouAnn Gerken; 13. Early Tzeltal verbs: argument structure and argument representation Penelope Brown; 14. The acquisition of the causative alternation in Thai Chutatip Chiraporn Yumitani; 15. Causative verbs in child Cantonese Sik Lee Cheung; 16. Characterizing English-speaking children's understanding of SVO word order Nameera Akhtar; 17. How children avoid overgeneralization errors when acquiring transitive and intransitive verbs Patricia J. Brooks and Michael Tomasello; 18. Beyond mutual exclusivity: children use lexical form class information to constrain word-referent mapping D. Geoffrey Hall and Susan A. Graham; 19. Simplicity of form and forming complex compounds in Finnish Sirkka Väanttilä; 20. Children's innovative instrument nominals Susan M. Powers; 21. Early spatial case markers in Hungarian children Csaba Pléh; 22. Tense and aspect in Mexican-origin children's Spanish narratives Robert Bayley, Alicia Alvarez-Calderón, and Sandra R. Schecter; 23. Acquisition of negation in German Karin Stromswold and Kai Zimmermann.
"This book...is an invaluable resource for researchers and clinicians interested in child language. This is a book...that should be read in its entirety, regardless of your own personal area of interest. The reader will come away well-informed about some of the current issues in child language research, and healthy respect for how much is still not known about early language acquisition. It would be an important addition to reading lists in advanced child language courses and to the libraries of early intervention teams." Judith G. Foy, ASHA
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