Early Language Development

Bridging brain and behaviour

| Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
| Bangor University
ISBN 9789027234759 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
ISBN 9789027291332 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
This book establishes a dialog between experimental psychology and electrophysiology in the study of infant language development. On the one hand, traditional methods of investigation into language development have reached a high level of refinement despite being confined to observing infants’ overt behavioral responses. On the other hand, more recent methods such as neuroimaging and, in particular, event-related potentials provide access to implicit responses from the infant brain while often relying on rather gross experimental contrasts. The aims of this book are both to provide neuroscientists with an overview of the ingenious behavioral paradigms that have been developed in the field of language development and to introduce the power of neurophysiological indices to behavioral experimentalists. The two approaches are compared at various levels of processing: phonetic discrimination, categorical perception, speech segmentation, syllable and word recognition, semantic priming. A general discussion brings together the two approaches, highlights their respective contributions and limitations and proposes constructive ideas for future integration.

[Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 5]  2008.  xiv, 263 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Introduction to early language development: Bridging brain and behavior
Guillaume Thierry and Angela D. Friederici
1. The method of event-related brain potentials in the study of cognitive processes: A tutorial
Claudia Männel
2. Event-related potential studies of early language processing at the phoneme, word, and sentence levels
Barbara T. Conboy, Maritza Rivera-Gaxiola, Juan Silva-Pereyra and Patricia K. Kuhl
3. Behavioral and electrophysiological exploration of early word segmentation in French: Distinguishing the syllabic and lexical levels.
Thierry Nazzi, Galina Iakimova, Josiane Bertoncini, Sylvain Mottet, Josette Serres and Scania de Schonen
4. Reflections on reflections of infant word recognition
Valesca Kooijman, Elizabeth K. Johnson and Anne Cutler
5. The onset of word form recognition: A behavioural and neurophysiological study
Guillaume Thierry and Marilyn Vihman
6. Neurophysiological correlates of picture-word priming in one-year-olds
Manuela Friedrich
7. The effects of early word learning on brain development
Elizabeth A. Sheehan and Debra L. Mills
8. From perception to grammar
Jacques Mehler, Ansgar Endress, Judit Gervain and Marina Nespor
9. The development of syntactic brain correlates during the first years of life
Angela D. Friederici and Regine Oberecker
10. Language acquisition and ERP approaches: Prospects and challenges
David Poeppel and Akira Omaki
“Although Early Language Development does not discuss enough methodological issues to be a true introduction on how to use ERP data, and this probably always requires experience in a laboratory setting, some of the best studies in the volume show us exciting future potentials for this field; in particular the possibility to validate theories of cognitive development by combining brain and behavioral studies.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007038185 | Marc record