"In this lucid study of how children understand logical vocabulary, Crain makes a powerful case for a substantive form of logical nativism. Using tools from classical logic and generative grammar, he unifies a range of individually impressive experimental results, thereby illustrating his fruitful method for investigating how semantic and logical competences are related." Paul M. Pietroski, Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Maryland
"New and deep ideas are a rarity in the study of language acquisition, and Stephen Crain's The Emergence of Meaning has plenty of both. This is likely to be considered one of the most important books in language acquisition in years." Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of The Language Instinct and The Stuff of Thought.