Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development

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Melissa Bowerman, Stephen C. Levinson, Stephen Levinson
Cambridge University Press, 11 jan. 2001 - 602 pagina's
Recent years have seen a revolution in our knowledge of how children learn to think and speak. In this volume, leading scholars from these rapidly evolving fields of research examine the relationship between child language acquisition and cognitive development. At first sight, advances in the two areas seem to have moved in opposing directions: the study of language acquisition has been especially concerned with diversity, explaining how children learn languages of widely different types, while the study of cognitive development has focused on uniformity, clarifying how children build on fundamental, presumably universal concepts. This book brings these two vital strands of investigation into close dialogue, suggesting a synthesis in which the process of language acquisition may interact with early cognitive development. It provides empirical contributions based on a variety of languages, populations and ages, and theoretical discussions that cut across the disciplines of psychology, linguistics and anthropology.
 

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Preface page xi
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Foundational issues
15
Whorf without wincing
45
space and number
70
How domaingeneral processes may create domainspecific
101
Perceiving intentions and learning words in the second year
132
Roots of word learning
159
bringing data to bear on
185
Childrens weak interpretations of universally quantified
340
Relational concepts informfunction mapping
379
Formfunction relations how do children find out what they
406
Cognitiveconceptual development and the acquisition of
450
universal and language
475
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512
language and cognition in the
544
Covariation between spatial language and cognition and its
566

Individuation relativity and early word learning
215
Grammatical categories and the development of classification
257
Person in the language of singletons siblings and twins
284
Early representations for all each and their counterparts in
316

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