Early Language Development

Bridging brain and behaviour

Angela D. Friederici | Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Guillaume Thierry | Bangor University
ISBN 9789027234759 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
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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
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“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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2010. Language and brain. WIREs Cognitive Science 1:2  pp. 150 ff. DOI logo
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2018. Introduction. What can variation tell us about first language acquisition?. In Sources of Variation in First Language Acquisition [Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 22],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Männel, Claudia & Angela D. Friederici
2009. Pauses and Intonational Phrasing: ERP Studies in 5-month-old German Infants and Adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21:10  pp. 1988 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFDC: Language acquisition

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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