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Approaches to Language Acquisition
Further Bibliography

Language acquisition theories
The acquisition of discourse skills
Child directed speech (CDS) and general input issues

Language acquisition theories

Aitchison, J. (1998) The Articulate Mammal 4th Edition

Bohannon, J. and Bonvillian, J. (2000) 'Theoretical Approaches to Language Acquisition' in J. Berko Gleason (ed.), The Development of Language 5th Edition

Cattell, R. (2000) Children's Language: Consensus and Controversy, London: Cassell.

Chomsky, N. (1959) 'A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior', Language 35 (1): 26-58.

Felix, S. (1992) 'Language acquisition as a maturational process' in J. Weissenborn, H. Goodluck and R. Roeper (eds), Theoretical issues in language acquisition

Karmiloff-Smith, A. (1992) Beyond Modularity.

Messser, D. (2000) 'State of the Art: Language Acquisition', The Psychologist, Vol. 13, no. 3: 138-143

Pinker, S. (1994) The Language Instinct

Plunkett, K. (1995) 'Connectionist approaches to language acquisition' in P. Fletcher and B. MacWhinney (eds), Handbook of child language

Smith, N. and I. Tsimpli, I. (1995) The Mind of a Savant: Language Learning and Modularity


The acquisition of discourse skills

Becker, J. (1986) 'Bossy and nice requests: Children's production and interpretation', Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 32.

Becker, J.(1988) 'The success of parents' indirect techniques for teaching their pre-schoolers pragmatic skills', First Language, 8:173-182.

Ervin-Tripp, S. (1970) 'Discourse agreement: How children answer questions' in J. Hayes (ed.), Cognition and the Development of Language

Ervin-Tripp, S.  (1979) 'Children's verbal turn-taking' In E. Ochs and B. Schieffelin (eds.), Developmental pragmatics

Gleason, J. Berko (1980) 'The Acquisition of Social Speech Routines and Politeness Formulas', in H. Giles, W. Robinson and P. Smith (eds), Psychological Perspectives, Selected Papers from the first International Conference on Social Psychology and Language

Gleason, J. Berko and Weintraub, S. (1976) 'The acquisition of routines in child language', Language in Society, 5: 129-136.

Halliday, M.A.K. (1975) Learning How to Mean

Keenan, E. Ochs and Schieffelin, B. (1976) 'Topic as a discourse notion' reprinted in E. Ochs and B. Schieffelin (eds.) (1983), Acquiring Conversational competence

McTear, M. (1985) Children's Conversation

Schieffelin, B. (1986) 'Teasing and shaming in Kaluli children's interactions' in  B. Schieffelin & E. Ochs  (eds), Language Socialization across Cultures


Child Directed Speech (CDS) and general input issues

Collis, G. (1977) 'Visual coorientation and maternal speech' in H. Schaffer (ed.) Studies in motherinfant interaction

DeCasper, A. and Fifer, W. (1980) 'Of human bonding: Newborns prefer their mothers' voices', Science 208: 1174-1176.

Ferguson, C. (1964) 'Baby talk in six languages', American Anthropologist, 66: 103-113.

Fernald, A. (1991) 'Prosody and focus in speech to infants and adults', Annals of Child Developmental Psychology, 8: 43-80.

Landau, B. and Gleitman, L. (1985) Language and Experience: Evidence from the Blind Child

Lieven, E. (1994) 'Crosslinguistic and crosscultural aspects of language addressed to children in  C. Galloway and B. Richards (eds) Input and Interaction in Language Acquisition

Messer, D. (1978) 'The integration of mother's referential speech with joint play', Child Development, 49: 781-787.

Shatz, M. (1982) 'On mechanisms of language acquisition: Can features of the communicative environment account for development?' in E. Wanner and L. Gleitman (eds), Language acquisition: the state of the art

Shatz, M. and Gelman, R. (1973) The development of communication skills: Modification in the speech of young children as a function of the listener, Chicago: Society for Research in Child Development. Monograph No. 38.

Newport, E., Gleitman, H., and Gleitman, L. (1977) 'Mother, I'd rather do it myself: Some effects and non-effects of maternal speech style' in C.E. Snow and C. A. Ferguson (eds.) Talking to children: Language input and acquisition

Pine, J. (1994) 'The Language of Primary Caregivers in C. Gallaway & B. Richards (eds), Input and Interaction in Language Acquisition

Saxton, M. (1997) 'The contrast theory of negative input', Journal of Child Language, 24: 139-161.

Snow, C. (1977) 'Mothers' speech research: From input to interaction' in C. Snow and C. Ferguson (eds.)
Talking to children: Language input and acquisition

Snow, C. (1995) 'Issues in the study of input: Fine-tuning, universality, individual and developmental differences, and necessary causes' in P. Fletcher and B. MacWhinney (eds), Handbook of child language

Stine, E. and Bohannon, J. (1983) 'Imitations, interactions, and language acquisition', Journal of Child Language 10..