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Module Reading List

Approaches to Linguistics and Language Acquisition, 2021/22, Semester 1
Clare Wright
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Ambridge, B. and Lieven, E. (2011) Child language acquisition : contrasting theoretical approaches.Cambridge: CUP. Chapters 1, 3, 4, 6. E-BOOK AVAILABLE 

Caink, A. (2018) What is grammar? A Universal Grammar approach. In Wright, Piske & Young-Scholten - see below.

Cook, V.J. and Newson, M. (2007) Chomsky's universal grammar: an introduction. 3rd edition. London: Blackwell. Not available as e-book

Fromkin, V., Rodman, R. and Hyams, N. 2014. An introduction to language. London: Thomson Heinle (see pdf in Learning Resources, Online Course Readings folder).

Halliday, M.A.K. 2004. An introduction to functional grammar. 3rd edition. London: Edward Arnold. AVAILABLE AS E-BOOK

Lightbown, P. and Spada. N. 2013. How Languages are learned. Oxford: Oxford University Press. AVAILABLE AS E-BOOK

Lust, B. 2006. Child language: acquisition and growth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. AVAILABLE AS E-BOOK

Pinker, S. 1994. The Language Instinct. New York: Harper.  

Wright, C., Piske, T. and Young-Scholten, M. 2018. Mind matters in SLA . Bristol: Multilingual Matters. AVAILABLE AS E-BOOK

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Set Readings for class discussions

Ambridge, B., Rowland, C. & Pine, J. 2010. Is structure dependence an innate constraint? Experimental evidence from children’s complex-question production. Cognitive Science 32(1): pp. 222-255.

Crain, S. & Nakayama, M. 1987. Structure dependence in grammar formation. Language. 63: 522-543.

Goodwin, A., Fein, D. & Naigles, L. 2015. The role of maternal input in the development of wh-question comprehension in autism and typical development. Journal of Child Language. 42: 32-63.

Jackendoff, R. 2012. A user's guide to thought and meaning. Oxford: OUP. Chapters 1-3 E-BOOK AVAILABLE

Tomasello, M. 2000. Do young children have adult syntactic competence? Cognition 74: 209-253.

Tsimpli, I. 2013. (Evidence for) the language instinct. In C. Boeckx and K. Grohmann. The Cambridge Handbook of Biolinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp 49-68. (PDF provided)

Valian, V. and Casey, L. 2003. Young children's acquisition of wh-questions: the role of structured input. Journal of Child Language. 30: 117-143.

Background and further readings

Aarts, B. (2007) Syntactic gradience : the nature of grammatical indeterminacy.Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 2 AVAILABLE AS E-BOOK 

Berko, J. 1958. The child’s learning of English morphology. Word. 14:150-77.

Berwick, R., Pietroski, P., Yankama. B. and Chomsky, N. 2011. Poverty of the Stimulus Revisited. Cognitive science. 35: 1207-1242. 

Brown, R. 1973. A first language: the early stages, London: George Allen & Unwin. 

Butler, C. 2003. Structure and function : a guide to three major structural functional theories. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

Chomsky, N. 1965. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. AVAILABLE AS E-BOOK 

Chomsky, N. 2007. Of mind and language. Biolinguistics 1, 9-27.

Clark, E. 1982. The young word maker: A case study of innovation in the child’s lexicon. In B. Lust & C. Foley (eds.) First language acquisition : the essential readings . p. 396-422.  Also published in: E. Wanner & L. Gleitman (1982) Language acquisition : the state of the art CUP. pp. 390-418. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 16/09/2020) 

Curtiss, S. 1981. Dissociations between language and cognition: Cases and Implications. Journal of autism and developmental disorders. 11: 15-30. 

Eisenbeiss, S. 2009. Generative approaches to language learning. Linguistics. 47: 273-310.  Evans, V. and Green, M. 2006. Cognitive linguistics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 

Fawcett, R. P. 2000. Theory of syntax for systemic functional linguistics, Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

Fodor, J. 1983. The modularity of mind : an essay on faculty psychology, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Goldberg, A. 2006. Constructions at work : the nature of generalization in language, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Ingram, J. 2007. Neurolinguistics : an introduction to spoken language processing and its disorders, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Jackendoff, R. 2002. Foundations of language: brain, meaning, grammar, evolution Oxford: OUP. Chapter 5 E-BOOK AVAILABLE

Labov, W. 1973. The boundaries of words and their meaning. In C.-J. N. Bailey and R. Shuy (eds) New ways of analyzing variation in English, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, pp. 340-73. 

Lenneberg, E. 1967. Biological foundations of language, New York: Wiley. 

MacWhinney, B. (ed.) 1999.The Emergence of language. Mahway, NJ: Laurence Erlbaum. 

MacWhinney, B., & Snow, C. (1985). The child language data exchange system. Journal of Child Language. 12, 271-296. 

Mendívil-Giró, J-L. 2018.  Universal Grammar ready for retirement? A short review of a longstanding misinterpretation. Journal of Linguistics. 54: 859-888.Newmeyer, F. 1998.Language form and language function, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

Newmeyer, F. 2005. Possible and probable languages : a generative perspective on linguistic typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Newmeyer, F. 2010. Formalism and functionalism in linguisticsCognitive science. 1: 301-307

Pinker, S. & Jackendoff, R. 2005. The faculty of language: what's special about it? Cognition. 95: 201-236.

Pinker, S. and Ullman, M. (2002). The past and future of the past tense. Trends in cognitive sciences.6(11): 456-463.

Snyder, W. 2001. On the nature of syntactic variation: Evidence from complex predicates and complex word-formation. Language. 77: 324-342.

Snyder, W. 2007.Child language: the parametric approach, New York: Oxford University Press. 

Song, H. and Fisher, C. 2007. Discourse prominence effects on 2.5-year-old children's interpretation of pronouns. Lingua. 117: 1959-1987.

Yang, C. 2004. Universal Grammar, statistics, or both? Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 8: 451-456. publications -

This list was last updated on 19/09/2021