Readings for the last exam--All chapters (ch.) are in Pinker

Week 12 (4/6)- review chapter 7, read chapter 8 "babel"

Week 13 (4/11) chapter 9 "baby born talking"; chapter 10 "organs & genes"

Week 14 (4/18) chapter 11 "big bang.."

Written assignments

Pitch (4/13)

"Tall" (4/20)

etymology paper (4/25)

final research project (5/17)

(all articles are on the reference list)

As usual, read Pinker first and use the other readings below to supplement Pinker. Only some of these will be discussed explicitly in class but don't hesitate to ask about others.

Review from previous reading assignment

Ch.7 talking heads

Shapiro, L. P., & Nagel, H. N. (1995). Lexical properties, prosody, and syntax: Implications for normal and disordered language. Brain and Language, 50, 240-257. [445-453]

Wann, D., Metcalf, L., Adcock, M. L., Choi, C.-C., & Slaton, E. (1997). Language of sports fans: Sportugese revisited. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 85, 1107-1110. [454-456]

Gruner, C. R., Travillion, L. J., & Schaefer, D. E. (1991). Testing the effectiveness of doublespeak. Et cetera, 48, 153-160. [456-460]

Tannen, D. (1990). You just don't understand: Women and men in conversation . New York: Ballantine. [Ch.1], [329-342]

Finish pitch assignment; do "tall" assignment.

Ch. 8 The tower of Babel (you might read through all the chapters remaining quickly; then review.)

Limber, 1991, notes on language history, pp.1-60

Etymology assignment due April 25

Ch. 9 Baby born talking

Stromswold, K. (1995). The cognitive and neural bases of language acquisition. In M. S. Gazzaniga (Eds.), The cognitive neurosciences (pp. 855-870). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [393-408]

(Bellugi, U., Bihrle, A., Neville, H., Doherty, S., & Jernigan, T. (1992).) review their paper on Williams syndrome [331-328]

Karmiloff-Smith, A., Grant, J., Berthoud, I., Davies, M., Howlin, P., & Udwin, O. (1997). Language and Williams syndrome: How intact is "Intact"? Child Development, 68, 246-262. [472-484] (see WS video)

ch.10 Language organs and language genes

Grimshaw, G. M., Adelstein, A., Bryden, M. P., & MacKinnon, G. E. (1998). First-language acquisition in adolescence: Evidence for a critical period for verbal language development. Brain and Language, 63, 237-255. [463-471]

(recall Genie video, Apr. 08)

Kemper, S., Snowdon, D. A., & Greiner, L. H. (1997). Linguistic ability across the lifespan: Findings from the Nun Study : (Abstract) conference report. [461-462]

Bellugi, U., & Klima, E. S. (1997). Language, spatial cognition, and the brain. In M. Ito, Y. Miyashita, & E. T. Rolls (Eds.), Cognition, computation, and consciousness (pp. 177-189). Oxford: Oxford University Press.[427-433] (details on ASL users brain function)

Read, C. (1981). Writing is not the inverse of reading for young children. In C. H. Fredericksen, & J. F. Dominic (Ed.), Writing: The nature, development, and teaching of written communication (pp. 105-115). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [347-352]

Selected abstracts on dyslexia and SLI. P. 489-495. These reflect the importance of phonology in reading, along with some methodology issues. Think of these in connection with Read (1981).

ch. 11 The big bang

chimp, etc. and human language

Limber, J. (1977). Language in child and chimp? American Psychologist, 32, 280-295. [178-193]

(Review Vygotsky (1934/1986),)

review Limber (1991) notes [61-83, esp. mammal & primate communication]

Goodall, J. (1986). The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior . Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. (brief exerpts on chimps vocalizations [194-199])

Savage-Rumbaugh, E. S. (1990). Language Acquisition in a nonhuman species: Implications for the innateness debate. Developmental Psychobiology, 23, 599-620. [290-310]

Limber (1982) What can chimps tell us about the origins of language? In Kucaj (Ed.) (optional)

(ch. 12 Language mavens)-optional


Exam 3 guide on Apr. 27 or sooner

Research project outlines approved by Apr. 28 or sooner

Last exam Apr 27

all research papers due May 17 or sooner