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Oct 2001
ISBN 0262041979
557 pp.
Language, Brain, and Cognitive Development
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
I Introduction
1 Portrait of a "Classical" Cognitive Scientist: What I have Learned from Jacques Mehler
by Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini
2 Cognition -- Some Personal Histories (with Pinker's appendix)
by Thomas G. Bever, Susan Franck, John Morton and Steven Pinker
II Thought
 Representations, Psychological Reality, and Beyond
by Luca L. Bonatti
3 In Defense of Massive Modularity
by Dan Sperber
4 Is the Imagery Debate Over? If So, What Was It About?
by Zenon Pylyshyn
5 Mental Models and Human Reasoning
by Philip N. Johnson-Laird
6 Is the Content of Experience the Same as the Content of Thought?
by Ned Block
III Language
by Christophe Pallier and Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Lévi
7 About Parameters, Prominence, and Bootstrapping
by Marina Nespor
8 Some Sentences on Our Consciousness of Sentences
by Thomas G. Bever and David J. Townsend
9 Four Decades of Rules and Associations, or Whatever Happened to the Past Tense Debate?
by Steven Pinker
10 The Roll of the Silly Ball
by Anne Cutler, James M. McQueen, Dennis Norris and A. Somejuan
11 Phonotactic Constraints Shape Speech Perception: Implications for Sublexical and Lexical Processing
by Juan Segui, Ulricht Frauenfelder and Pierre Hallé
12 A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Determiner Production
by Alfonso Caranaza, Michele Miozzo, Albert Costa, Neils Schiller and F.-Xavier Alario
13 Now You See It, Now You Don't: Frequency Effects in Language Production
by Merrill Garrett
14 Relations between Speech Production and Speech Perception: Some Behavioral and Neurological Observations
by Willem J. M. Levelt
IV Development
 How to Study Development
by Anne Christophe
15 Why We Need Cognition: Cause and Developmental Disorder
by John Morton and Uta Frith
16 Counting in Animals and Humans
by Rochel Gelman and Sara Cordes
17 On the Very Possibility of Discontinuities in Conceptual Development
by Susan Carey
18 Continuity, Competence, and the Object Concept
by Elizabeth Spelke and Susan Hespos
19 Infants' Physical Knowledge: Of Acquired Expectations and Core Principles
by Renée Baillargeon
20 Learning Language: What Infants Know about I, and What We Don't Know about That
by Peter W. Jusczyk
21 On Becoming and Being Bilingual
by Nária Sebastán-Gallés and Laura Bosch
V Brain and Biology
 On Language, Biology, and Reductionism
by Stanislaus Dehaene, Ghislaine Dehaene-Lambertz and Laurent Cohen
22 Cognitive Neuroscience: The Synthesis of Mind and Brain
by Michael I. Posner
23 What's So Special about Speech?
by Marc Hauser
24 The Biological Foundations of Music
by Isabelle Peretz
25 Brain and Sounds: Lessons from "Dyslexic" Rodents
by Albert M. Galaburda
26 The Literate Mind and the Universal Human Mind
by José Morais and Régine Kolinsky
27 Critical Thinking about Critical Periods: Perspectives on a Critical Period for Language Acquisition
by Elissa L. Newport, Daphne Bavelier and Helen J. Neville
28 Cognition and Neuroscience: Where Were We?
by John C. Marshall
 Appendix: Short Biography of Jacques Mehler
Related Topics
Linguistics, Language

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