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Jean Berko Gleason, PhD. is one of the world’s leading experts on children’s language and one of the founding mothers of the field of psycholinguistics. She created the famous Wug Test, which reveals how children learn the rules of language, such as how to make singular words plural. Her current work investigates parents’ speech and the interactive nature of language acquisition. She is the author of leading textbooks in her field and many influential studies of aphasia, language development, gender differences in language, and language in the Roma community in Hungary. Dr. Berko Gleason is Professor Emerita in the department of psychology at Boston University. A member of the Academy of Aphasia, she is past president of the International Association for the Study of Child Language and of the Gypsy Lore Society. Her work is frequently cited in the professional literature, and has been featured in the popular media. She is profiled in the PBS online Nova Science Now series The Secret Life of Scientists.
Nan Bernstein Ratner, Ed.D., C.C.C. is Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Bernstein Ratner is the editor of numerous volumes, and author of numerous chapters and articles addressing language acquisition and fluency in children. Many of her research reports can be found in the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research and other major journals, with chapters in major texts on child speech and language development. With Jean Berko Gleason, Dr. Bernstein Ratner is the author of the text Psycholinguistics as well as prior editions of Language Development. Dr. Bernstein Ratner currently serves as Co-editor of Seminars in Speech and Language. In 1996, Dr. Ratner was made a fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. In 2006, she was presented with the Distinguished Researcher Award by the International Fluency Association.
Table of Contents
1. THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE: AN OVERVIEW AND A PREVIEW
Jean Berko Gleason, Boston University
2. COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT IN INFANCY
Rochelle Newman, University of Maryland
Jacqueline Sachs, University of Connecticut
3. PHONOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT: LEARNING SOUNDS AND SOUND PATTERNS
Carol Stoel-Gammon, University of Washington
Lise Menn, University of Colorado
4. SEMANTIC DEVELOPMENT: LEARNING THE MEANINGS OF WORDS
Paola Uccelli, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Barbara Alexander Pan, Harvard Graduate School of Education
5. PUTTING WORDS TOGETHER: MORPHOLOGY AND SYNTAX IN THE PRESCHOOL YEARS
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University
Andrea Zukowski, University of Maryland
6. LANGUAGE IN SOCIAL CONTEXTS: DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE
Judith Becker Bryant, University of South Florida
7. THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
John N. Bohannon III, Butler University
John D. Bonvillian, University of Virginia
8. VARIATION IN LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH AND THEORY
Beverly A. Goldfield, Rhode Island College
Catherine E. Snow, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ingrid A Willenberg, Macquarie University
9. ATYPICAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Nan Bernstein Ratner, University of Maryland, College Park
10. LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN THE SCHOOL YEARS
Gigliana Melzi, New York University
Adina R. Schick, New York University
11. DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ADULT YEARS
Loraine K. Obler, City University of New York Graduate Center