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  1. #1 Good Book intro to development of language in children? 
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    Anyone recommend a text for an introduction to the development of language in children? Any classic texts that cover the major thesis
    I have some background already thirty years working in psychiatry, some other studies in cognition and linguistics, philosophies such as chomsky (government and binding, transformation) but feel the field might have moved on since I last studied the field. I am looking for a concise overview of the modern paradigms?

    I am currently studying primate language/ behaviours but feel I need to digress and understand more about how children acquire languages before I can draw proper conclusions about the work I am looking into.



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    If you want to learn more about development of language in hunams, you should read the papers by Patricia Kuhl (if you have'nt already). I'll link them below. For reference there is of course Chomsky, Vygotskji and Piaget (I realise you have already read these, I'll just include them as reference for anyone else interested).


    Conboy, B. T., Sommerville, J. a, & Kuhl, P. K. (2008). Cognitive control factors in speech perception at 11 months. Developmental psychology, 44(5), 1505-12. doi: 10.1037/a0012975.

    Green, K. P., & Kuhl, P. K. (1991). Integral processing of visual place and auditory voicing information during phonetic perception. Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance, 17(1), 278-88.

    Grieser, D. L., & Kuhl, P. K. (1988). Maternal speech to infants in a tonal language: Support for universal prosodic features in motherese. Developmental Psychology, 24(1), 14-20. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.24.1.14.

    Grieser, D., & Kuhl, P. K. (1989). Categorization of speech by infants: Support for speech-sound prototypes. Developmental Psychology, 25(4), 577-588. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.25.4.577.

    Kuhl, P. K. (2007). Is speech learning “gated” by the social brain? Developmental science, 10(1), 110-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00572.x.

    Kuhl, P. K., Conboy, B. T., Coffey-Corina, S., Padden, D., Rivera-Gaxiola, M., & Nelson, T. (2008). Phonetic learning as a pathway to language: new data and native language magnet theory expanded (NLM-e). Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 363(1493), 979-1000. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2007.2154.
    ^ ^ ^ ^ This is probably the most relevant one

    Kuhl, P. K., Stevens, E., Hayashi, A., Deguchi, T., Kiritani, S., & Iverson, P. (2006). FAST-TRACK REPORT Infants show a facilitation effect for native language phonetic perception between 6 and 12 months. Developmental Science, 2. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2006.00468.x

    Liu, H.-M., Tsao, F.-M., & Kuhl, P. K. (2007). Acoustic analysis of lexical tone in Mandarin infant-directed speech. Developmental psychology, 43(4), 912-7. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.43.4.912.

    Marean, G. C., Werner, L. A., & Kuhl, P. K. (1992). vowel Categorization by Very young Infants. Developmental Psychology, 28(3), 396-405. doi: 10.1037/0012-1649.28.3.396
    Some of these might not be relevant to you, I just love Kuhl

    Also, Kuhl has a short video on TED.


    Chomsky, N. (2006). Language and mind: Cambridge University Press.


    Vygotskiĭ, L. S., & Kozulin, A. (1986). Thought and language: MIT Press.


    Piaget, J. (1998). The language and thought of the child: Taylor and Francis.

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