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BUCLD 42: Proceedings of the 42nd annual
Boston University Conference on Language Development

edited by Anne B. Bertolini and Maxwell J. Kaplan
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publication date: June 2018

ISBN 978-1-57473-086-9 paperback, $84.00
ISBN 978-1-57473-186-6 library binding, $160.00


This two-volume set will include talks and posters from the 42nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, held November 3-5, 2017.

The entire proceedings will also be available directly from this page with open access.


Volume 1

    Anne B. Bertolini and Maxwell J. Kaplan

Identifying Specific Language Impairment (SLI) across Different Bilingual Populations: German Sentence Repetition Task (SRT)
    Lina Abed Ibrahim, Cornelia Hamann, and David Öwerdieck

The Impact of Childhood Bilingualism and Bi-dialectalism on Pragmatic Interpretation and Processing
    Kyriakos Antoniou, Alma Veenstra, Mikhail Kissine, and Napoleon Katsos

Children's Acquisition of Nouns That Denote Events
    Sudha Arunachalam and Angela Xiaoxue He

The Acquisition of Stress-Clash Resolution Strategies in Greek
    Angeliki Athanasopoulou

Little Lexical Learners: Quantitatively Assessing the Development of Adjective Ordering Preferences
    Galia Bar-Sever, Rachael Lee, Gregory Scontras, and Lisa Pearl

More Relativization Asymmetries: Children Find Locative and Benefactive Clauses Difficult
    Ivan Paul Bondoc, William O'Grady, Kamil Ud Deen, Nozomi Tanaka, Ellyn Cassey Chua, Angela Claudine De Leon, and Joshua Arvin Siscar

Sustained Attention in Infancy Impacts Vocabulary Acquisition in Low-Income Toddlers
    Patricia J. Brooks, Rachel M. Flynn, and Teresa M. Ober

Explaining Cross-linguistic Differences in Article Omission through an Acquisition Model
    Andrea Ceolin

LEXTALE_CH: A Quick, Character-Based Proficiency Test for Mandarin Chinese
    I Lei Chan and Charles B. Chang

Information Structure and Ordering Preferences in Child and Adult Speech in English
    Jidong Chen and Bhuvana Narasimhan

Effects of Early Language Deprivation: Mapping between Brain and Behavioral Outcomes
    Qi Cheng, Eric Halgren, and Rachel Mayberry

Distinguishing Questions and Statements Using Sentence-Initial Prosodic Cues
    Cindy Chiang, Susan Geffen, and Toben H. Mintz

Prediction at the Discourse Level in L2 English Speakers: An Eye-Tracking Study
    Carla Contemori and Paola E. Dussias

Some and All in Bilinguals: Priming and Linguistic Effects
    Carla Contemori, Francesca Foppolo, and Daniele Panizza

Language-Specific Sources of Acoustic Stability in Phonological Development
    Margaret Cychosz and Susan E. Kalt

Repetition Brings Success: Revealing Knowledge of the Passive Voice
    Kamil Ud Deen, Ivan Bondoc, Amber Camp, Sharon Estioca, Haerim Hwang, Gyu-Ho Shin, Maho Takahashi, Fred Zenker, and Jing Crystal Zhong

An ERP Investigation of Domain-Specificity: Clause-Edge Recursion in Native and Nonnative French
    Laurent Dekydtspotter, Kate Miller, Charlene Gilbert, Mike Iverson, Kyle Swanson, Tania Leal, and Isaiah Innis

For Toddlers, Like Adults, Vowel Mispronunciations Are Readily Detected but Do Little to Impede Lexical Access
    Lauren Franklin and James L. Morgan

Understanding the Causes of Inaccurate Self-Assessments: Extraversion's Role
    Caitlin Gaffney

Discrimination and Generalization of Emotional Prosody in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Naomi L. Gaggi, Patricia J. Brooks, and Bertram O. Ploog

Before and After the Acquisition of Adjunct Control
    Juliana Gerard and Jeffrey Lidz

Irony Comprehension and Theory of Mind in Young Deaf Signers
    Beatrice Giustolisi, Lara Mantovan, and Francesca Panzeri

A Performance Account for Medial Wh-Questions in Child English
    Elaine Grolla and Jeffrey Lidz

L2 Listeners Rely on the Semantics of Classifiers to Predict
    Theres Grüter, Elaine Lau, and Wenyi Ling

The cup on the table is green: Children's Comprehension of Embedded PPs
    Erin Hall and Ana T. Pérez-Leroux

Infant-Directed Speech Is Not Always Slower: Cross-linguistic Evidence from Dutch and Mandarin Chinese
    Mengru Han, Nivja H. de Jong, and René Kager

What Inferences Do Mandarin-Speaking Children Make in Negative Sentences?
    Haiquan Huang, Rosalind Thornton, and Stephen Crain

Learning Attitude Verb Meanings in a Morphosyntactically-Poor Language
    Nick Huang, Chia-Hsuan Liao, Valentine Hacquard, and Jeffrey Lidz

English and Spanish Speakers' Interpretations of L2 Chinese Double Object Constructions
    Yuhsin Huang and Boping Yuan

Modeling Representational Constraints in Word Segmentation
    Jordan Kodner

The Acquisition of French Ambiguous Embedded Structures Introduced by ce que
    Ingrid Konrad, Yair Haendler, and Caterina Donati

Are Children's Overly Distributive Interpretations and Spreading Errors Related?
    Anna de Koster, Jennifer Spenader, and Petra Hendriks

Volume 2

Interactions between Number and Definiteness: Vietnamese Children's Comprehension of Definite Noun Phrases
    Ni-La Lê, Hannah Forsythe, and Cristina Schmitt

Children's Knowledge of Domain Restriction: The Case of dōu ('all') in Mandarin Chinese
    Margaret Lei

Children's Knowledge of Conventional Implicatures: Evidence from the Mandarin lian...dou Construction
    Pengfei Li

The Perception of Discontinuous Dependencies by 18-Month-Olds: On the Process of Acquiring Verbal Passives
    João Claudio de Lima Júnior and Letícia Maria Sicuro Corrêa

Children's and Adults' Processing of Variable Agreement Patterns: Agreement Neutralization in English
    Cynthia Lukyanenko and Karen Miller

Comprehension of Relative Clauses vs. Control Structures in SLI and ASD Children
    Alexandrina Martins, Ana Lúcia Santos, and Inês Duarte

The Relationship between Sensitivity to Morphosyntactic Violations and Morphosyntactic Anticipation in L2 Comprehension
    Crystal Marull and Michele Goldin

Phrasal Prosody and Syntactic Knowledge in Infants below Two Years of Age
    Sarah Massicotte-Laforge and Rushen Shi

Intervention Effects in Early Grammar: Evidence from Sluicing
    Victoria E. Mateu, Nina Hyams, and Lauren Winans

Cross-linguistic Influence in the Use of Referring Expressions in School-Age Japanese-English Bilinguals
    Satomi Mishina-Mori, Yuki Nagai, and Yuri Jody Yujobo

Children Ages 3-5 Years Use Language to Identify Talkers
    Reina Mizrahi and Sarah C. Creel

Lexical and Syntactic Influences on Children's Acquisition of Verb Argument Structure: Comparing Typical Children and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Letitia R. Naigles and Julie Piskin

Developmental Changes in Spatial Semantic Categories in English
    Bhuvana Narasimhan, Norielle Adricula, Jayne Williamson-Lee, Caroline Good, and Lukas Goetz-Weiss

It's Hard to Extend: A Unified Account of Raising-Past-Experiencers and Passives in Child English
    Emma Nguyen and William Snyder

The Structure of Sluicing and the Availability of Strict and Sloppy Readings in Child Japanese
    Akari Ohba, Hiroyuki Shimada, and Kyoko Yamakoshi

Cross-linguistic Structural Priming in Heritage Spanish Speakers: The Effects of Exposure to English on the Processing of Preposition Stranding in Spanish
    Ian Phillips

Second-Order False Beliefs and Recursive Complements in Children with ASD
    Irina Polyanskaya, Torben Braüner, and Patrick Blackburn

Impermeability of L1 Syntax: Spanish Variable Clitic Placement in Bilingual Children
    Pablo E. Requena and Melisa Dracos

Learning Allophones: What Input Is Necessary?
    Caitlin Richter

Simple Sentences Aren't All the Same: Variation in Input and Acquisition
    Matthew Rispoli, Pamela Hadley, and Hannah Simmons

The Acquisition of Parametric Variation in Count Noun Modification Using Numerals: Comparing Japanese and English
    Tetsuya Sano

A Longitudinal Comparison of Object Clitic Production in the Spontaneous Language of L2 Children and Children with SLI
    Maureen Scheidnes

Assessing Truth and Speaker Knowledge when Utterances Are Not Maximally True
    Laura Simon-Pearson and Kristen Syrett

Acquisition of Adjectival Agreement in German: Sensitivity to Grammar is Reflected in 3-Year-Olds' Pupil Dilation
    Assunta Süss, Petra Hendriks, Tom Fritzsche, and Barbara Höhle

SES Differences in the Communicative Functions of Variation Sets
    Shira Tal and Inbal Arnon

Investigating Relative Clause Island Effects in Native and Nonnative Adult Speakers of Japanese
    Nozomi Tanaka and Bonnie D. Schwartz

Elicited Production of Past Tense Affirmative and Negative Sentences in Young Children
    Rosalind Thornton, Elena D'Onofrio, and Kelly Rombough

Negative Questions in Children with Specific Language Impairment
    Rosalind Thornton, Kelly Rombough, Jasmine Martin, and Linda Orton

Is clean the Same as not dirty? On the Understanding of Absolute Gradable Adjectives
    Merle Weicker and Petra Schulz

L1 Influence on L2 English Telicity Judgments
    Mien-Jen Wu

A Filled Gap Stage in German Relative Clause Acquisition
    Kazuko Yatsushiro and Uli Sauerland

The Person Asymmetry in Agreement in "Wh-phrase BE...?" Questions in English
    Rong Yin

The Impact of Argument-Omitted Sentences in Learning Japanese Direct Object Case-Markers
    Akiko Zhao, Yingyi Luo, and Hiromu Sakai

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