Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development

Language Acquisition and Conceptual Development

by Melissa Bowerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521593581

ISBN-13: 9780521593588

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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, bringing two vital strands of investigation into close dialog. The book explains important new ideas about…  See more details below

Overview

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, bringing two vital strands of investigation into close dialog. The book explains important new ideas about how language acquisition interacts with the process of early cognition, providing original empirical contributions based on a variety of languages, populations and ages as well as theoretical discussions that bridge psychology, linguistics and anthropology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521593588
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Language Culture and Cognition Series, #3
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1The mosaic evolution of cognitive and linguistic ontogeny19
2Theories, language, and culture: Whorf without wincing45
3Initial knowledge and conceptual change: space and number70
4How domain-general processes may create domain-specific biases101
5Perceiving intentions and learning words in the second year of life132
6Roots of world learning159
7Whorf versus continuity theorists: bringing data to bear on the debate185
8Individuation, relativity, and early world learning215
9Grammatical categories and the development of classification preferences: a comparative approach257
10Person in the language of singletons, siblings, and twins284
11Early representations for all, each, and their counterparts in Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese316
12Children's weak in interpretations of universally quantified questions340
13Emergent categories in first language acquisition379
14Form-function relations: how do children find out what they are?406
15Cognitive-conceptual development and the acquisition of grammatical morphemes: the development of time concepts and verb tense450
16Shaping meanings for language: universal and language-specific in the acquisition of spatial semantic categories475
17Learning to talk about motion Up and Down in Tzeltal: is there a language-specific bias for verb learning?512
18Finding the richest path: language and cognition in the acquisition of verticality in Tzotzil (Mayan)544
19Covariation between spatial language and cognition, and its implications for language learning566
Author index589
Subject index597

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