Keep up with the readings.
Each week there will be a short written assignment.
Everyone must pass a written exam (pass/fail) on the "basics" of language, after we finish Pinker's book. This may be repeated until successful!
Everyone, periodically, will be responsible for presenting something to the seminar.
I expect everyone to have access to email and the Internet. Most short assignments will be turned in by email; much language information is available on the internet. (See http://pubpages.unh.edu/~jel)
Everyone will do some sort of original research project due at the end of the course.
Ashcraft, M. (1994) Language (ch. 8, pp.361-412) in his Human memory and cognition. New York: HarperCollins.
Bloom, P. (Ed.). (1995). Readings on language acquistion. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Karmiloff-Smith, A. (1992). Beyond modularity. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Pinker, S. (1994). The language instinct. New York: William Morrow and Company.
Bavin, Language acquisition in cross-linguistic perspective In Annual review of anthropology, 24, 1995 (Oct.1995)
Bellugi, U., Bihrle, A., Neville, H., Doherty, S., & Jernigan, T. (1992). Language, cognition, and brain organization in a neurodevelopmental disorder. In M. R. Gunnar & C. A. Nelson (Eds.), Developmental behavioral neuroscience (pp. 201-232). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
de Haan, M., Luciana, M., Malone, S. M., Matheny, L. S., & Richards, M. L. (1994). Development, plasticity, and risk: Commentary on Huttenlocher, Pollitt and Gorman, and Gottesman and Goldsmith. In C. A. Nelson (Eds.), Threats to optimal development (pp. 161-178). Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Gazzaniga, M. (Ed.). (1995). The cognitive neurosciences. Cambridge: MIT Press. (various chapters)
Huttenlocher, P. R. (1994). Synaptogenesis, synapse elimination, and neural plasticity in human cerebral cortex. In C. A. Nelson (Eds.), Threats to optimal development (pp. 35-54). Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Limber, J. (1973). The genesis of complex sentences. In T. Moore (Eds.), Cognitive Development and the Acquisition of Language (pp. 169-186). New York: Academic Press.
Limber, J. (1976). Syntax and sentence interpretation. In R. Wales & E. C. T. Walker (Eds.), New approaches to language mechanisms (pp. 151-181). Amsterdam: North Holland.
Limber, J. (1976). Unravelling competence, performance, and pragmatics in the speech of young children. Journal of Child Language, 3, 309-318.
Limber, J. (1977). Language in child and chimp? , 32, 280-295 (Reprinted in Sebeok, T. & Sebeok, J. (Eds.) (1980). Speaking of Apes (pp.197-218). New York: Plenum Press.).
Limber, J. (1978). Goodbye Behaviorism! The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 4, 535-536.
Limber, J. (1982). What can chimps tell us about the origins of language. In S. Kuczaj (Eds.), Language Development: Volume 2 (pp. 429-446). Hillsdale, NJ: L. E. Erlbaum.
Marcus, G. F. (1993). Negative evidence in language acquisition. Cognition, 46, 53-85.