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The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language

Namhee Lee, Lisa Mikesell, Anna Dina L. Joaquin, Andrea W. Mates, and John H. Schumann

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195384246
eISBN:
9780199869916
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384246.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This book explores a theory of language evolution as a complex adaptive system that exists as a cultural artifact without any requirement for innate abstract grammatical representations. Language ... More


Language Acquisition

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter takes the familiar arguments for nativism to establish the interesting nativist thesis that “the initial state” of linguistic competence is sufficiently rich that humans can naturally ... More


Factors that Influence the Acquisition of ASL for Interpreting Students

David Quinto‐Pozos

in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education: Directions for Research and Practice

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195176940
eISBN:
9780199869978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof/9780195176940.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter highlights some areas that are particularly important to address at the present time—both in language instruction and research on the adult acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL). ... More


Language Turned on Itself: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Metalinguistic Discourse

Herman Cappelen and Ernest Lepore

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199231195
eISBN:
9780191710810
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231195.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This book examines what happens when language becomes self-reflexive; when language is used to talk about language. Those who think, talk, and write about language are habitual users of various ... More


Parameterized Principles

Frederick J. Newmeyer

in Possible and Probable Languages: A Generative Perspective on Linguistic Typology

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199274338
eISBN:
9780191706479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274338.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families

This chapter presents the principal means within generative theory by which typological generalizations have been captured, namely, by the parameterization of principles of Universal Grammar. It ... More


Acquisition of Topicalization in Very Late Learners of Libras: Degrees of Resilience in Language

Sandra K. Wood

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter describes the necessary ingredients for learning language, asking what degree of competency is possible for a homesigner when they acquire sign language late, with different amounts of ... More


Music and language cognition compared I: Acquisition

Aaron L. Berkowitz

in The Improvising Mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199590957
eISBN:
9780191594595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Music Psychology

The study of musical improvisation and how musicians acquire this skill allows for a comparison with language acquisition from the perspectives of both perceptual and productive competence. This ... More


What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Fiona Cowie

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book reconsiders the influential nativist position toward the mind. Nativists assert that some concepts, beliefs, or capacities are innate or inborn: “native” to the mind rather than acquired. ... More


Introduction: Navajo as Default

John McWhorter

in Language Interrupted: Signs of Non-Native Acquisition in Standard Language Grammars

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195309805
eISBN:
9780199788378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309805.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of complexity arguments regarding second-language acquisition. It argues that this neglect of the role of reduction in language contact beyond ... More


Linguistic Awareness in Multilinguals: English as a Third Language

Ulrike Jessner

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619139
eISBN:
9780748671496
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619139.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This book discusses cognitive and psycholinguistic aspects of third language acquisition and trilingualism, and explores the key role of linguistic awareness in multilingual proficiency and language ... More


The Interactional Instinct in Primary‐ and Second‐Language Acquisition

Namhee Lee, Lisa Mikesell, Anna Dina L. Joaquin, Andrea W. Mates, and John H. Schumann

in The Interactional Instinct: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195384246
eISBN:
9780199869916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384246.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

In second‐language acquisition, the affiliative phase comes first. The learner positively appraises one or more speakers of the target language and makes efforts to affiliate with them. If the ... More


Will the Evidence for Linguistic Nativism Please Stand Up?

Fiona Cowie

in What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Regardless of whether Chomsky's grammar constraints may be learned from experience of not, the author argues that there is no “back door” to nativism. In relation to finding out whether there exists ... More


Epilogue

Philip Burton

in Language in the Confessions of Augustine

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199266227
eISBN:
9780191709098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266227.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter considers the presentation of language acquisition given in the Confessions. It is argued that Augustine presents this as being two-edged; language permits the child to interact with ... More


Language acquisition: Wealth of data, dearth of theory

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics: The Pre-Chomskyan Era

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199653669
eISBN:
9780191742040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter explores research conducted in the twentieth century on language acquisition. It introduces Clara and William Stern, who helped set the scene of language acquisition research during the ... More


The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition

Fiona Cowie

in What's Within?: Nativism Reconsidered

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195159783
eISBN:
9780199849529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159783.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The author is able to point out the weak points of the a posteriori argument from the poverty of the stimulus (APS) through drawing attention to how such is not able to supply empirical support for ... More


Issues of Linguistic Typology in the Study of Sign Language Development of Deaf Children

Dan I. Slobin

in Advances in the Sign-Language Development of Deaf Children

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195180947
eISBN:
9780199893737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195180947.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology / School Psychology

This chapter has two goals: first, to consider some lessons which have been learned from the cross-linguistic study of hearing children and their acquisition of a range of spoken languages; and ... More


Entering Language: The First Phase

Lorraine McCune

in How Children Learn to Learn Language

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195177879
eISBN:
9780199870202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177879.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter addresses characteristics of the single-word period, including definitions applied in this book and some areas of current controversy in lexical development. Topics covered include ... More


Cognitive Bases of Language

Lorraine McCune

in How Children Learn to Learn Language

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195177879
eISBN:
9780199870202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177879.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter examines the cognitive bases of language transitions, including studies of infant “category formation”, the logic of action characterizing infant problem solving, and the earliest ... More


Dynamic Systems in Language Development and Language Production

Lorraine McCune

in How Children Learn to Learn Language

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195177879
eISBN:
9780199870202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177879.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter presents a dynamic systems analysis of the variables contributing to the transition to reference, integrating material from the previous chapters. Topics discussed include dynamic ... More


How Children Learn to Learn Language

Lorraine McCune

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195177879
eISBN:
9780199870202
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177879.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Studies of language acquisition often assume that children will simply begin to learn language, without questioning what sets the whole process in motion. This book examines the often-neglected topic ... More


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