Language Development: The Essential Readings

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This collection brings together for students the essential readings from the broad and fast-moving field of child language development.

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Research on child language is an interdisciplinary enterprise,uniting the efforts of psychologists, linguists, computerscientists, educators, neuroscientists and communicationscientists. In selecting representative readings from this broadand fast-moving field, the editors of this collection haveemphasized recent papers that illustrate the contribution of childlanguage research to developmental cognitive science.

Although the authors of these papers represent a broad spectrumof theoretical perspectives, there is a deliberate bias in favor ofan interactive, rather than nativist, approach. Essential works onthe major milestones of language development are provided, followedby tutorials that stress the neural substrates of languagedevelopment, pieces on computational models of language learning,and on genetic contributions to developmental language disorders.Some papers have been updated or specially commissioned for thiscollection. The volume avoids jargon and is designed to beaccessible to upper level students across a range ofdisciplines.

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Elizabeth Bates is Professor of Psychology and Professor ofCognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, whereshe also directs the Center for Research in Language and theProject in Cognitive and Neural Development. She is a visitingscholar on a regular basis at the National Research CouncilInstitute of Psychology in Rome. She has authored or co-authoredmore than 150 papers and nine books, including most recently,Rethinking Innateness (1996).

Michael Tomasello is Co-Director of the Max PlanckInstitute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Hisprevious publications include Primate Cognition (1997),The New Psychology of Language: Cognitive and FunctionalApproaches to Language Structure (1998) and The CulturalOrigins of Human Cognition (1999).

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