Language, Brain, and Cognitive Development

Essays in Honor of Jacques Mehler
Edited by Emmanuel Dupoux

In the early 1960s, the bold project of the emerging field of cognition was to put the human mind under the scrutiny of rational inquiry, through the conjoined efforts of philosophy, linguistics, computer science, psychology, and neuroscience. Forty years later, cognitive science is a flourishing academic field. The contributions to this collection, written in honor of Jacques Mehler, a founder of the field of psycholinguistics, assess the progress of cognitive science. The questions addressed include: What have we learned or not learned about language, brain, and cognition? Where are we now? Where have we failed? Where have we succeeded? The book is organized into four sections in addition to the introduction: thought, language, neuroscience, and brain and biology. Some chapters cut across several sections, attesting to the cross-disciplinary nature of the field.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Contributors
  3. I. Introduction
  4. 1. Portrait of a "Classical" Cognitive Scientist: What I have Learned from Jacques Mehler

    Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini

  5. 2. Cognition-Some Personal Histories (with Pinker's appendix)

    Thomas G. Bever, Susan Franck, John Morton and Steven Pinker

  6. II. Thought
  7. Representations, Psychological Reality, and Beyond

    Luca L. Bonatti

  8. 3. In Defense of Massive Modularity

    Dan Sperber

  9. 4. Is the Imagery Debate Over? If So, What Was It About?

    Zenon Pylyshyn

  10. 5. Mental Models and Human Reasoning

    Philip N. Johnson-Laird

  11. 6. Is the Content of Experience the Same as the Content of Thought?

    Ned Block

  12. III. Language
  13. Introduction

    Christophe Pallier and Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Lvi

  14. 7. About Parameters, Prominence, and Bootstrapping

    Marina Nespor

  15. 8. Some Sentences on Our Consciousness of Sentences

    Thomas G. Bever and David J. Townsend

  16. 9. Four Decades of Rules and Associations, or Whatever Happened to the Past Tense Debate?

    Steven Pinker

  17. 10. The Roll of the Silly Ball

    Anne Cutler, James M. McQueen, Dennis Norris and A. Somejuan

  18. 11. Phonotactic Constraints Shape Speech Perception: Implications for Sublexical and Lexical Processing

    Juan Segui, Ulricht Frauenfelder and Pierre Hall

  19. 12. A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Determiner Production

    Alfonso Caranaza, Michele Miozzo, Albert Costa, Neils Schiller and F. Xavier Alario

  20. 13. Now You See It, Now You Don't: Frequency Effects in Language Production

    Merrill Garrett

  21. 14. Relations between Speech Production and Speech Perception: Some Behavioral and Neurological Observations

    Willem J. M. Levelt

  22. IV. Development
  23. How to Study Development

    Anne Christophe

  24. 15. Why We Need Cognition: Cause and Developmental Disorder

    John Morton and Uta Frith

  25. 16. Counting in Animals and Humans

    Rochel Gelman and Sara Cordes

  26. 17. On the Very Possibility of Discontinuities in Conceptual Development

    Susan Carey

  27. 18. Continuity, Competence, and the Object Concept

    Elizabeth Spelke and Susan Hespos

  28. 19. Infants' Physical Knowledge: Of Acquired Expectations and Core Principles

    Rene Baillargeon

  29. 20. Learning Language: What Infants Know about I, and What We Don't Know about That

    Peter W. Jusczyk

  30. 21. On Becoming and Being Bilingual

    Nria Sebastn-Galls and Laura Bosch

  31. V. Brain and Biology
  32. On Language, Biology, and Reductionism

    Stanislaus Dehaene, Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz and Laurent Cohen

  33. 22. Cognitive Neuroscience: The Synthesis of Mind and Brain

    Michael I. Posner

  34. 23. What's So Special about Speech?

    Marc Hauser

  35. 24. The Biological Foundations of Music

    Isabelle Peretz

  36. 25. Brain and Sounds: Lessons from "Dyslexic" Rodents

    Albert M. Galaburda

  37. 26. The Literate Mind and the Universal Human Mind

    Jos Morais and Rgine Kolinsky

  38. 27. Critical Thinking about Critical Periods: Perspectives on a Critical Period for Language Acquisition

    Elissa L. Newport, Daphne Bavelier and Helen J. Neville

  39. 28. Cognition and Neuroscience: Where Were We?

    John C. Marshall

  40. Appendix: Short Biography of Jacques Mehler
  41. Afterword
  42. Index