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BUCLD 34: Proceedings of the 34th annual
Boston University Conference on Language Development

edited by Katie Franich, Kate M. Iserman, and Lauren L. Keil

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Front cover image   viii + 524 pages (2-volume set)
publication date: April 2010

ISBN 978-1-57473-055-5 paperback, $60.00
ISBN 978-1-57473-155-2 library binding, $125.00


The 34th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development was held November 6-8, 2009, in Boston, MA. The proceedings contain 45 of the papers presented at the conference.

All 3-day registrants for BUCLD 34 will receive the paperback proceedings as part of registration. The cost of the proceedings for students is generously covered by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

The posters from the conference are not included in the printed proceedings. Many of the posters were published by the conference in an on-line proceedings supplement.


Volume 1

On the Impact of Frequency in the Acquisition of Variable Word Order
    Merete Anderssen and Marit Westergaard    1-10

Specifying the Role of Linguistic Information in Verb Learning
    Sudha Arunachalam and Sandra R. Waxman    11-21

Where to Reactivate? L2 Processing of Filler-Gap Dependency
    Soondo Baek    22-33

Crosslinguistic Influence on Argument Realization in Japanese-French Bilinguals
    Mary-Jane Blais, Yuriko Oshima-Takane, Fred Genesee, and Makiko Hirakawa    34-45

Piecing Together Numerical Language: Children's Use of Default Units in Early Counting and Quantification
    Neon Brooks, Amanda Pogue, and David Barner    46-57

Seeing and Saying: The Relation Between Event Apprehension and Utterance Formulation in Children
    Ann Bunger, John Trueswell, and Anna Papafragou    58-69

The Role of Parent Gesture in Children's Spatial Language Development
    Erica Cartmill, Shannon M. Pruden, Susan C. Levine, and Susan Goldin-Meadow    70-77

On-line Processing of Articles and Clitic Pronouns by Greek Children with SLI
    Vicky Chondrogianni, Theodoros Marinis, and Susan Edwards    78-89

That Doesn't Ring a Bed: When Integrating Cues, Children's Errors Reflect More Advanced Cognitive Control
    Sarah C. Creel and Melanie A. Tumlin    90-101

Grammatical Gender Categorization in Infants
    Marilyn Cyr and Rushen Shi    102-113

Dialect and Narrative Skills in African American Preschoolers
    Peter de Villiers, Jill de Villiers, Cora-Lee Picone, Abigail Wilkins, Erica Dinkins, and Frances Burns    114-125

Early Language-Specificity in Turkish Children's Caused Motion Expressions in Speech and Gesture
    Reyhan Furman, Asli Özyürek, and Aylin C. Küntay    126-137

Vowel Reduction, Pitch Accent and Scalar Implicatures in Child English
    John Grinstead, Jennifer Thorward, Sharon Miriam Ross, and Laurie Maynell    138-149

The Roles of L1 Transfer and Processing Limitations in the L2 Acquisition of French Object Clitic Constructions: Evidence from Chinese- and Spanish-Speaking Learners
    Theres Grüter and Martha Crago    150-161

Comprehension of Relative Clauses in L1 Basque
    M. Juncal Gutierrez    162-173

L2 Acquisition of Topicality Marking in Bulgarian
    Ivan Ivanov    174-184

Universality and Language-Specificity in the Acquisition of Path Vocabulary
    Megan Johanson and Anna Papafragou    185-196

From a Superset to a Subset Grammar and the Semantic Compensation Hypothesis: Subject Pronouns and Anaphora Resolution in L2 English
    Tiffany Judy and Jason Rothman    197-208

Brain Potentials for Word Segmentation at Seven Months Predict Later Language Development
    Caroline Junge, Peter Hagoort, Valesca Kooijman, and Anne Cutler    209-220

Pragmatic Tolerance or a Speaker-Comprehender Asymmetry in the Acquisition of Informativeness?
    Napoleon Katsos and Nafsika Smith    221-232

Children's Comprehension and Production of Marked Stress
    Sanne J. M. Kuijper and Frederike C. Groothoff    233-244

Interpreting Definite Plural Subjects: A Comparison of German and Italian Monolingual and Bilingual Children
    Tanja Kupisch and Cristina Pierantozzi    245-256

Volume 2

Sensitivity to Irregular French Subject-Verb Agreement at 18 Months: Evidence from the Head Turn Preference Procedure
    Géraldine Legendre, Louise Goyet, Isabelle Barrière, Sarah Kresh, and Thierry Nazzi    257-268

Evidence for a Morphological Acquisition Model from Development Data
    Constantine Lignos, Erwin Chan, Charles Yang, and Mitchell P. Marcus    269-280

Language Acquisition of Recursive Possessives in English
    Maxi Limbach and Dany Adone    281-290

When Cup Primes Dog: Phono-semantic Links in the Toddler Lexicon
    Nivedita Mani    291-302

Novel Labels Support Ten-Month-Olds' Attention to Novel Objects
    Emily Mather and Kim Plunkett    303-314

How Ideal Are We? Incorporating Human Limitations into Bayesian Models of Word Segmentation
    Lisa Pearl, Sharon Goldwater, and Mark Steyvers    315-326

Past Tense Productivity in Dutch Children with SLI: The Role of Phonology
    Judith Rispens and Elise de Bree    327-338

The Acquisition of Metrical Opacity: A Longitudinal Case Study from Northern East Cree
    Yvan Rose, Julie Brittain, Carrie Dyck, and Erin Swain    339-350

Comprehension of Functional Morphemes by Labrador Inuttitut Receptive Bilinguals
    Marina Sherkina-Lieber    351-362

Processing of Morphological Variations in Toddlers
    Rushen Shi and Marilyn Cyr    363-374

Acquiring First Number Words: The Developmental Trajectory of Children's Meanings for "Two"
    Anna Shusterman, Dominic J. Gibson, and Barry Finder    375-384

How Newness and Joint Attention Work Together in Child Inuktitut: Assessing Discourse-Pragmatic Models of Early Argument Realization
    Barbora Skarabela and Shanley E. M. Allen    385-396

Extracting Paths and Manners: Linguistic and Conceptual Biases in the Acquisition of Spatial Language
    Dimitrios Skordos and Anna Papafragou    397-408

Sleepy vs. Sleeping: Preschoolers' Sensitivity to Morphological Cues for Adjectives and Verbs in English and French
    Lulu Song, Thierry Nazzi, Sanaa Moukawane, Roberta M. Golinkoff, Aimee Stahl, Weiyi Ma, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Meaghan Connell    409-420

The Representation and Processing of Measure Phrases by Four-Year-Olds
    Kristen Syrett    421-432

On the Analysis of Lexical Subjects in Caribbean and Mainland Spanish: Evidence from L1 Acquisition
    Julio Villa-García, William Snyder, and José Riqueros-Morante    433-444

Proficiency Effects and Distance Effects in Nonnative Processing of English Number Agreement
    Zhijun Wen, Mari Miyao, Aya Takeda, Wei Chu, and Bonnie D. Schwartz    445-456

Word Order and Finiteness in the Acquisition of English and Norwegian Wh-questions
    Marit Westergaard and Kristine Bentzen    457-467

Variation, Asymmetry and Working Memory in the Process of Second Language Acquisition
    Clare Wright    468-479

Bilingual Children's Integration of Multiple Cues to Understand a Speaker's Referential Intent
    W. Quin Yow and Ellen M. Markman    480-490

Statistical Speech Segmentation and Word Learning in Parallel
    Daniel Yurovsky, Chen Yu, and Linda B. Smith    491-502

Competing Cues: A Corpus-based Study of the English Tense-Aspect in Second Language Acquisition
    Yun Zhao and Brian MacWhinney    503-514

Acquiring Anticausatives vs. Passives in Greek
    Katerina Zombolou, Spyridoula Varlokosta, Artemis Alexiadou, and Elena Anagnostopoulou    515-524

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