Suzanne Flynn

Suzanne Flynn is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT.

  • Language in Development

    Language in Development

    A Crosslinguistic Perspective

    Gita Martohardjono and Suzanne Flynn

    Explorations of language development in different types of learner populations and across various languages.

    This volume examines language development in different types of learner populations and across various languages. The contributors analyze experimental studies of child and adult language acquisition, heritage language development, bilingualism, and language disorders. They consider theoretical and methodological issues; language development in children, discussing topics that range from gestures to errors in person and number agreement; and development and attrition of (morpho)syntactic constructions in second language learners, bilinguals, and Alzheimer's patients.

    The approach is “crosslinguistic” in three senses of the word: the contributors offer analyses of acquisition phenomena in different languages; they consider “crosslinguistic influence,” or the potential effects of multiple languages on one another in the mind of the same speaker; and (in a novel use of the term, proposed by the editors) the chapters bring together theoretical and methodological approaches pertinent to the linguistics of language development in children, adults, and heritage speakers.

    Contributors

    Jennifer Austin, María Blume, Kimberly Cassidy, Cristina Dye, Suzanne Flynn, Claire Foley, David Giancaspro, Lila R. Gleitman, Yarden Kedar, Elaine C. Klein, D. Terence Langendoen, Christen N. Madsen II, Gita Martohardjono, Reiko Mazuka, Rebecca Nappa, Jerome Packard, Anna Papafragou, Silvia Perez-Cortes, Ian Phillips, Liliana Sánchez, Lynn M. Santelmann, Richard G. Schwartz, Janet Cohen Sherman, John C. Trueswell, Virginia Valian, Yun Yao

    • Paperback $95.00

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  • Development of Linguistic Linked Open Data Resources for Collaborative Data-Intensive Research in the Language Sciences

    Development of Linguistic Linked Open Data Resources for Collaborative Data-Intensive Research in the Language Sciences

    Antonio Pareja-Lora, María Blume, Barbara C. Lust, and Christian Chiarcos

    Making diverse data in linguistics and the language sciences open, distributed, and accessible: perspectives from language/language acquistiion researchers and technical LOD (linked open data) researchers.

    The open access edition of this book was made possible by generous funding from Knowledge Unlatched.

    This volume examines the challenges inherent in making diverse data in linguistics and the language sciences open, distributed, integrated, and accessible, thus fostering wide data sharing and collaboration. It is unique in integrating the perspectives of language researchers and technical LOD (linked open data) researchers. Reporting on both active research needs in the field of language acquisition and technical advances in the development of data interoperability, the book demonstrates the advantages of an international infrastructure for scholarship in the field of language sciences. With contributions by researchers who produce complex data content and scholars involved in both the technology and the conceptual foundations of LLOD (linguistics linked open data), the book focuses on the area of language acquisition because it involves complex and diverse data sets, cross-linguistic analyses, and urgent collaborative research. The contributors discuss a variety of research methods, resources, and infrastructures.

    ContributorsIsabelle Barrière, Nan Bernstein Ratner, Steven Bird, Maria Blume, Ted Caldwell, Christian Chiarcos, Cristina Dye, Suzanne Flynn, Claire Foley, Nancy Ide, Carissa Kang, D. Terence Langendoen, Barbara Lust, Brian MacWhinney, Jonathan Masci, Steven Moran, Antonio Pareja-Lora, Jim Reidy, Oya Y. Rieger, Gary F. Simons, Thorsten Trippel, Kara Warburton, Sue Ellen Wright, Claus Zinn

    • Paperback $40.00
  • Methods for Assessing Children's Syntax

    Methods for Assessing Children's Syntax

    Dana McDaniel, Cecile McKee, and Helen Smith Cairns

    This book is designed in part as a handbook to assist students and researchers in the choice and use of methods for investigating children's grammar.

    The study of child language and, in particular, child syntax is a growing area of linguistic research, yet methodological issues often take a back seat to the findings and conclusions of specific studies in the field. This book is designed in part as a handbook to assist students and researchers in the choice and use of methods for investigating children's grammar. For example, a method (or combination of methods) can be chosen based on what is measured and who the target subject is. In addition to the selection of methods, there are also pointers for designing and conducting experimental studies and for evaluating research.

    Methods for Assessing Children's Syntax combines the best features of approaches developed in experimental psychology and linguistics that ground the study of language within the study of human cognition. The first three parts focus on specific methods, divided according to the type of data collected: production, comprehension, and judgment. Chapters in the fourth part take up general methodological considerations that arise regardless of which method is used. All of the methods described can be modified to meet the requirements of a specific study.

    ContributorsHelen Smith Cairns, Katherine Demuth, Jill de Villiers, Suzanne Flynn, Claire Foley, LouAnn Gerken, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Helen Goodluck, Peter Gordon, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jennifer Ryan Hsu, Louis Michael Hsu, Celia Jakubowicz, Laurence B. Leonard, Barbara Lust, Dana McDaniel, Cecile McKee, Thomas Roeper, Michele E. Shady, Karin Stromswold, Rosalind Thornton

    Language, Speech, and Communication series

    • Hardcover $55.00
    • Paperback $35.00