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Access to Language and Cognitive Development

Michael Siegal and Luca Surian


One of the most important questions about children's development involves how knowledge acquisition depends on the effect of language experience. To what extent, and in what ways, is a child's cognitive development influenced by their early experience of, and access to, language? Likewise, what are the effects on development of impaired access to language? This book confronts directly the issue of how possessing an enhanced or impaired access to language influences children's development. Its focus is on learning environments, theory of mind understanding, and the process of deriving meaning f ... More

Keywords: children's development, knowledge acquisition, language experience, cognitive development, access to language, bilingualism, deafness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Siegal, editor
Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK

Luca Surian, editor
Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Trento, Italy

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Part 1 Theory of mind

Chapter 3 How access to language affects theory of mind in deaf children

Marek Meristo, Erland Hjelmquist, and Gary Morgan

Part 2 Acquisition of pragmatics

Chapter 5 Children’s responses to yes-no questions

V. Heather Fritzley, Mako Okanda, Shoji Itakura, and Kang Lee

Chapter 6 Getting information from other people: Who do children turn to?

Michelle M. Chouinard and Kristi Imberi-Olivares

Part 3 Multiple access to language

Chapter 12 Exploring the effects of bilingualism on children’s conversational understanding and moral sense

Michael Siegal, Maria A. Tallandini, Sandra Pellizzoni, and Corinna Michelin