Approaches to Bootstrapping

Phonological, lexical, syntactic and neurophysiological aspects of early language acquisition

Volume 1

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Volume 1 of Approaches to Bootstrapping focuses on early word learning and syntactic development with special emphasis on the bootstrapping mechanisms by which the child using properties of the speech input enters the native linguistic system. Topics discussed in the area of lexical acquisition are: cues and mechanisms for isolating words in the input; special features of motherese and their role for early word learning; the determination of first word meanings; memory and related processing capacities in early word learning and understanding; and lexical representation and lexical access in early language production.
The papers on syntactic development deal with the acquisition of grammatical prosodic features for learning language specific syntactic regularities.

Volume 2 of Approaches to Bootstrapping focuses on the interaction between the development of prosodic and morphosyntactic knowledge as evidenced in the early speech of Dutch, English, German, Portugese, Spanish, Danish, Islandic, and Swedish children sheding new light on the relation between universal and language specific aspects of language acquisition. Another section of this volume deals with new approaches to language acquisition using ERP- techniques. The papers discuss in detail the relation between the development of language skills and changes in neurophysiological aspects of the brain. The potentials of these techniques for the development of new tools for an early diagnosis of children who are at risque for developmental language disorders are also pointed out.
The closing section contains a synopsis of interactionist approaches to language acquisition, a discussion of the genetic and experiential origin of primitive linguistic elements in acquisition, and a discussion of structural and developmental aspects of bird song in comparison to human language.

The two volumes making up Approaches to Bootstrapping present a state-of-the art interdisciplinary and cross-linguistic overview of recent developments in first language acquisition research.

[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 23]  2001.  xviii, 299 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Jürgen Weissenborn and Barbara Höhle
Part I: Early Word Learning and its Prerequisites
Bootstrapping from the Signal: Some Further Directions
Peter W. Jusczyk
Contributions of Prosody to Infants’ Segmentation and Representation of Speech
Catharine H. Echols
Implicit Memory Support for Language Acquisition
Cynthia Fisher and Barbara A. Church
How Accessible is the Lexicon in Motherese?
Nan Bernstein Ratner and Becky Rooney
Bootstrapping a First Vocabulary
Lila Gleitman and Henry Gleitman
Infants’ Developing Competence in Recognizing and Understanding Words in Fluent Speech
Anne Fernald, Gerald W. McRoberts and Daniel Swingley
Lemma Structure in Language Learning: Comments on Representation and Realization
Cecile McKee and Noriko Iwasaki
Part II: From Input Cues to Syntactic Knowledge
Signal to Syntax: Building a Bridge
LouAnn Gerken
A Reappraisal of Young Children’s Knowledge of Grammatical Morphemes
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Melissa A. Schweisguth
Predicting Grammatical Classes from Phonological Cues: An Empirical Test
Gert Durieux and Steven Gillis
Pre-lexical Setting of the Head: Complement Parameter through Prosody
Maria Teresa Guasti, Marina Nespor, Anne Christophe and Brit van Ooyen
Discovering Word Order Regularities: The Role of Prosodic Information for Early Parameter Setting
Barbara Höhle, Jürgen Weissenborn, Michaela Schmitz and Anja Ischebeck
On the Prosody/Lexicon Interface in Learning Word Order: A Study of Normally Developing and Language Impaired Children
Zvi Penner, Karin Wymann and Jürgen Weissenborn
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