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BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th annual
Boston University Conference on Language Development

edited by Nick Danis, Kate Mesh, and Hyunsuk Sung

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Front cover image   ix + 677 pages (2-volume set)
publication date: April 2011

ISBN 978-1-57473-065-4 paperback, $60.00
ISBN 978-1-57473-165-1 library binding, $125.00


The 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development was held November 5-7, 2010, in Boston, MA. The proceedings contains 55 of the papers from the conference, including the plenary address by William Snyder.

All 3-day registrants for BUCLD 35 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 are available in an on-line proceedings supplement from BU.


Volume 1

Children's Grammatical Conservatism: Implications for Syntactic Theory
    William Snyder    1-20

Verb Learning from Syntax Alone at 21 Months
    Sudha Arunachalam, Emily Escovar, Melissa Hansen, and Sandra R. Waxman    21-24

Processing of French Liaisons in Toddlers
    Mireille Babineau and Rushen Shi    25-37

The Representation of Subject-Verb Agreement in French-Learning Toddlers: New Evidence from the Comprehension of an Infrequent Pattern of Pseudoverbs
    Isabelle Barrière, Louise Goyet, Thierry Nazzi, Sarah Kresh, and Géraldine Legendre    38-48

Do L2ers Adopt the Pronoun Misanalysis of se? Data from Russian- and English-Speaking L2 Learners of French
    Alyona Belikova    49-59

Second Language Probabilistic Phonotactics and Structural Knowledge in Short-Term Memory Recognition
    Natalie Alexandra Theresia Boll-Avetisyan    60-72

Bilingual and Monolingual Children Attend to Object Properties Differently in a Word Learning Task
    Chandra Brojde and Eliana Colunga    73-84

Explaining the Disambiguation Effect in Lexical Development: New Evidence Favoring Lexical Constraints over Social-Pragmatic Knowledge
    Patricia É. Brosseau-Liard and D. Geoffrey Hall    85-96

Global Properties of the Phonological Networks in Child and Child-Directed Speech
    Matthew T. Carlson, Max Bane, and Morgan Sonderegger    97-109

What Seems to Be Real May Be Illusory: Acquisition of Raising with an Experiencer
    Jinsun Choe    110-118

Online Processing of Cataphoric Pronouns by Children and Adults: Evidence from Eye-Movements during Listening
    Kaili Clackson and Harald Clahsen    119-131

Frozen Chunks and Generalized Representations: The Case of the English Dative Alternation
    Erin Conwell, Timothy J. O'Donnell, and Jesse Snedeker    132-144

Sensitivity to Prosody at 6 Months Predicts Vocabulary at 24 Months
    Alejandrina Cristià and Amanda Seidl    145-156

The Story behind Parent-Child Book-Reading Interactions: Specific Relations to Later Language and Reading Outcomes
    Özlem Ece Demir, Lauren Applebaum, Susan C. Levine, Katherine Petty, and Susan Goldin-Meadow    157-169

Universal Constraints on the Discrimination of Place of Articulation? Asymmetries in the Discrimination of paan and taan by 6-Month-Old Dutch Infants
    Nienke Dijkstra and Paula Fikkert    170-182

Testing the Predictions of the Feature Assembly Hypothesis: Evidence from the L2 Acquisition of Spanish Aspect Morphology
    Laura Domínguez, María J. Arche, and Florence Myles    183-196

Learners Use Word-Level Statistics in Phonetic Category Acquisition
    Naomi Feldman, Emily Myers, Katherine White, Thomas Griffiths, and James Morgan    197-209

The First Words Acquired by Adolescent First-Language Learners: When Late Looks Early
    Naja Ferjan Ramírez, Amy M. Lieberman, and Rachel I. Mayberry    210-221

The Role of Word-Stress and Intonation in Word Recognition in Dutch 14- and 24-Month-Olds
    Paula Fikkert and Aoju Chen    222-232

How Children "Copy" Long-Distance Structures: The Production of Complex Wh-questions in German
    Lydia Grohe, Petra Schulz, and Anja Müller    233-245

Grammatical Gender in L2: Where Is the Problem?
    Theres Grüter, Casey Lew-Williams, and Anne Fernald    246-258

The Interaction between Language-General Processing Factors and Language-Particular Configurational Properties in Second Language Processing of Japanese Relative Clauses
    Masahiro Hara    259-271

Ambiguous Pronoun Processing Development: Probably Not U-Shaped
    Joshua K. Hartshorne, Rebecca Nappa, and Jesse Snedeker    272-282

Transfer in L2 and L3 Acquisition of Generic Interpretation
    Tania Ionin, Silvina Montrul, and Hélade Santos    283-295

L1 Preemption and L2 Learnability: The Case of Object Drop in Brazilian Portuguese Native Learners of L2 Spanish
    Michael Iverson and Jason Rothman    296-307

Prosodic Cues to Syntactic Disambiguation in L2 German
    Carrie N. Jackson, Mary Grantham O'Brien, and Christine E. Gardner    308-320

Volume 2

The Roles of Phonotactics and Frequency in the Learning of Alternations
    Gaja Jarosz    321-333

Effects of Labels on Children's Category Boundaries
    Megan Johanson and Anna Papafragou    334-346

When throwing Is Not catching: Children's Understanding of Intentionality of Transfer Verbs
    Nina Kazanina, Sara Baker, Bruce Hood, and Hayley Seddon    347-357

Implicit Learning and Dyslexia: Non-adjacent Dependency Learning in Infants at Familial Risk of Dyslexia
    Annemarie Kerkhoff, Elise de Bree, Maartje de Klerk, and Frank Wijnen    358-370

Toward a New Framework for Analyzing ASL Vocabulary Development: Taking Polymorphemic Signs into Consideration
    Marlon Kuntze    371-381

Obligatory Agent Promotes Cue Validity: Early Acquisition of Passive in Cantonese
    Elaine Lau    382-390

The Development of Eye Gaze Control for Linguistic Input in Deaf Children
    Amy M. Lieberman, Marla Hatrak, and Rachel I. Mayberry    391-403

Is Perceptual Reorganization Affected by Statistical Learning? Dutch Infants' Sensitivity to Lexical Tones
    Liquan Liu and René Kager    404-413

Perceptual Correlates of Phonological Representations in Heritage Speakers and L2 Learners
    Anna Lukyanchenko and Kira Gor    414-426

The Lack of Omission of Clitics in Greek Children with SLI: An Experimental Study
    Sophia Manika, Spyridoula Varlokosta, and Ken Wexler    427-439

Intonation of Early Answers to Confirmation-Seeking Questions in Spontaneous Speech
    Ana Isabel Mata and Ana Lúcia Santos    440-452

Online Comprehension of Newly Acquired Nouns and Abstract Knowledge of Grammatical Gender
    Andréane Melançon and Rushen Shi    453-465

Acquisition of Agreement Marking on 'do': A Production-Comprehension Asymmetry
    Karen Miller    466-476

Acquiring the Ordering of Italian Near-Synonymous Quantifiers
    Ruggero Montalto, Angeliek van Hout, and Petra Hendriks    477-487

Representational Demand Positively Influences Kindergartners' Language Development
    Ashley M. Pinkham, Tanya Kaefer, and Susan B. Neuman    488-499

Where Does Verb Bias Come From? Experience with Particular Verbs Affects Online Sentence Processing
    Zhenghan Qi, Sylvia Yuan, and Cynthia Fisher    500-512

Patterns of Style in the Language of African American Children and Adolescents
    Jennifer Renn    513-525

Quantifier Spreading Is Not Distributive
    Thomas Roeper, Barbara Zurer Pearson, and Margaret Grace    526-539

Early Inflected Infinitives and Late V-to-C Movement
    Ana Lúcia Santos, Inês Duarte, Acrisio Pires, and Jason Rothman    540-552

The Use of Indirect Speech Clauses in a Narrative Context: A Priming Study
    Ludovica Serratrice, Anne Hesketh, and Rachel Ashworth    553-563

Pragmatic Features at the L2 Syntax-Discourse Interface
    Roumyana Slabakova, Jason Rothman, Tania Leal Mendez, Gonzalo Campos, and Paula Kempchinsky    564-576

The Onset of Principle C at 30 Months: The Role of Vocabulary, Syntactic Development, and Processing Efficiency
    Megan Sutton, Cynthia Lukyanenko, and Jeffrey Lidz    577-589

Bilingual Acquisition of Greek Voice Morphology and Dutch Gender: What Do They Have in Common?
    Sharon Unsworth, Froso Argyri, Leonie Cornips, Aafke Hulk, Antonella Sorace, and Ianthi Tsimpli    590-602

Acquisition of Voicing and Vowel Alternations in German
    Ruben van de Vijver and Dinah Baer-Henney    603-615

Production and Processing of Determiners in Turkish-Dutch Child L2 Learners
    Nada Vasic and Elma Blom    616-627

Cross-linguistic Distributional Analyses with Frequent Frames: The Cases of German and Turkish
    Hao Wang, Barbara Höhle, F. Nihan Ketrez, Aylin C. Küntay, and     Toben H. Mintz    628-640

Children's 2Aux Negative Questions: Parameter-Setting or the Lexicon?
    Ting Xu    641-651

Electrophysiological Indices of Six-Month-Olds' Sensitivity to English Vowels: Monolingual versus Bilingual
    Yan H. Yu and Valerie L. Shafer    652-664

You Can Stipe the Pig and Nerk the Fork: Learning to Use Verbs to Predict Nouns
    Sylvia Yuan, Cynthia Fisher, Padmapriya Kandhadai, and Anne Fernald    665-677

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