Psycholinguistics and Fieldwork Course Readings

These are the readings for a course at the Unversity of Cologne. Handouts for this course are also available on this blog.

Abbi, A. (2001). A manual of linguistic fieldwork and structures of Indian languages. München: Lincom Europa.

Abbot-Smith, K., & Behrens, H. (2006). How known constructions influence the acquisition of other constructions: The German passive and future constructions. Cognitive Science 30, 995-1026.

Ahearn, L. M. (2016). Living language: An introduction to linguistic anthropology. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2000). Classifiers: A typology of noun categorization devices. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Aitchison, J. (2007). The articulate mammal: An introduction to psycholinguistics. London: Routledge.

Allen, S. E. M. & Crago, M. B. (1993). The acquisition of passives and unaccusatives in Inuktitut. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics/Cahiers Linguistiques de McGill 9. Montreal: McGill University, 1-29.

Allen, S. E. M. & Crago, M. B. (1996). Early passive acquisition in Inuktitut. Journal of Child Language 23, 129-155.

Altmann, G. & Gaskell, M. G. (2007). The Oxford handbook of psycholinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Altmann, G. (1997). The ascent of Babel. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Anand, P., Chung, S. & Wagers, M. (ms.). Widening the Net: Challenges for Gathering Linguistic Data in the Digital Age. Response to

Armon-Lotem, S., Haman, E., Jensen de López, K., Smoczynska, M., Yatsushiro, K., Szczerbinski, M., … & Kamandulytė-Merfeldienė, L. (2016). A large-scale cross-linguistic investigation of the acquisition of passive. Language Acquisition, 23(1), 27-56.

Baayen, R. H. (2008). Analyzing linguistic data. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

Bavin, E. & Stoll, S. (Eds.) (2013). The acquisition of ergativity. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Beauchamp, T. L., & Childress, J. F. (2001). Principles of biomedical ethics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Bisang, W. (2001). Aspects of typology and universals. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Blom, E. & Unsworth, S. (Eds.) (2010). Experimental methods in language acquisition research. Amsterdam & Philadelphia:  John Benjamins.

Bochnak, M. R., & Matthewson, L. (Eds.). (2014). Methodologies in semantic fieldwork. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bohnemeyer, J. (in press). Ten lectures on field methods in Cognitive Linguistics by Jürgen Bohnemeyer (with DVD). Edited by Thomas Fuyin Li and Dingyan Li. Beijing: Foreign Language and Teaching Research Press.

Bowern, C. (2008). Linguistic fieldwork: a practical guide. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Breakwell, G. M., Smith, J. A. & Wright, D. B. (2012). Research methods in psychology. London: Sage.

Brown, R. (1973). A First Language: The Early Stages. London: Allen & Unwin.

Budwig, N. (1990). The linguistic marking of nonprototypical agency: An exploration into children’s use of passives. Linguistics 28, 1221-1252.

Butler, L, Jaeger, T. F, & Bohnemeyer, J. (2011). Psycholinguistics and under-represented languages: Number in Yucatec Maya sentence production. Poster presented at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Butler, L. K., Bohnemeyer, J. B., and Jaeger, T. F. (to appear). Plural marking in Yucatec Maya at the syntax-processing interface. In Machicao y Priemer, A., Nolda, A. & Sioupi, A. (eds.) Zwischen Kern und Peripherie (Studia Grammatica, volume 75). Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.

Butler, L., Jaeger, T. F., Furth, K., Lemieux, A., Gallo, C. G. & Bohnemeyer, J. (2010). Psycholinguistics in the field: Accessibility-driven production in Yukatek Maya. Poster presented at the Cuny Conference on Sentence Processing.

Chelliah, S. L. & de Reuse, W. J. (2010). Handbook of descriptive linguistic fieldwork. Berlin: Springer.

Chouinard, M. M. & Clark, E. V. (2003). Adult reformulation of child errors as negative evidence. Journal of Child Language 30, 637–69.


Christiansen, M. H., Collins, C., & Edelman, S. (2009). Language universals. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Clemens, L. E., Coon, J., Graff, P., López, N. A., Morgan, A., Pedro, P. M. & Polinsky, M. (2012). Experimental Design for Field Linguists. Presentation at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Symposium: Psycholinguistic Research on Less-Studied Languages. 

Clemens, L.E., Coon, J., Pedro, P.M., Morgan, A., Polinsky, M., Tandet, G. & Wagers, M. (2013): Ergativity and the complexity of extraction: A view from Mayan. Ms.

Comrie, B. (1989). Language universals and linguistic typology: Syntax and morphology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Coolican, H. (2009). Research methods and statistics in psychology. London & New York: Routledge.

Corbett, G.G., & Fedden, S. (2016). Canonical gender. Journal of Linguistics, 52(3), 495–531.

Cowart, W. (1997). Experimental syntax: Applying objective methods to sentence judgments. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Crain, S. & Thornton, R. (1998). Investigations in universal grammar: a guide to research on the acquisition of syntax and semantics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Crain, S., Thornton, R., & Murasugi, K. (2009). Capturing the Evasive Passive. Language Acquisition, 16, 123-133.

Crawley, M. J. (2012). The R book. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Croft, W. (2009). Typology and Universals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Crowley, T. (2007). Field linguistics: a beginner’s guide. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Cunnings, I. (2012). An overview of mixed-effects statistical models for second language researchers. Second Language Research 28 (3), 369–382.

Cysouw, M. (2005). Quantitative methods in typology. In G. Altman, R. Köhler, & R. Piotrowski (eds). Quantitative linguistics: an international handbook (pp. 554-578). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

Dabrowska, E. & Street, J. (2006). Individual differences in language attainment: Comprehension of passive sentences by native and non-native English speakers. Language Sciences, 28, 604-615.

Dalgaard, P. (2008). Introductory statistics with R. New York: Springer.

Demuth, K. (1989). Maturation and the acquisition of the Sesotho passive. Language, 65, 56-80.

Demuth, K. (1990). Subject, topic, and Sesotho passive. Journal of Child Language, 17, 67-84.

Demuth, K., Machobane, M., & Moloi, F., & Odato, C. (2005). Learning Animacy Hierarchy Effects In Sesotho Double Object Applicatives.  Language81 (2), 421-447.

Demuth, K, Moloi, F., & Machobane, M. (2010). Three-year-olds’ comprehension, production, and generalization of Sesotho passives. Cognition, 115 (2), 238-251.

Dixon, R. M. W. (1986). Noun classes and noun classification in typological perspective. In Colette Grinevald Craig (Ed.), Noun classes and categorization (pp. 105—112). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research methods in applied linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Eisenbeiss, S. (1994). Auxiliaries and the acquisition of the passive. In: Clark, Eve V. (Ed.), The Proceedings of the 25th Annual Child Language Research Forum. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 235-242.

Eisenbeiss, S. (2006). Documenting Child Language. In Austin, P. (Ed.), Language Documentation and Description, Volume 3 (pp. 106-140). London: Soas, The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.

Eisenbeiss, S. (2009a). Contrast is the Name of the Game: Contrast-Based Semi-Structured Elicitation Techniques for Studies on Children’s Language Acquisition. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics 57(7).

Eisenbeiss, S. (2009b) Generative approaches to language learning. Linguistics 47(2): 273–310.


Eisenbeiss, S. (2010). Production Methods. In E. Blom & S. Unsworth (Eds.), Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (pp. 11-34). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Eisenbeiss, S., Bohnemeyer, J. & Narasimhan, B. (2006). Ways to go: Methodological Considerations in Whorfian Studies on Motion Events. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics 50, 1-20.

Eisenbeiss, Sonja (2006) Documenting Child Language. In: Peter K. Austin (ed.), Language Documentation and Description, Volume 3, London: Soas, The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project, 106-140

Farrar, J. (1990). Discourse and the acquisition of grammatical morphemes. Journal of Child Language 17, 607-24.

Farrar, J. (1992).    Negative   evidence   and   grammatical   morpheme   acquisition. Developmental Psychology 28, 90-98.

Field, A. P. & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. London: Sage.

Field, A., Miles, J., Field, Z. (2012): Discovering statistics using R. London: Sage.

Fox, D. & Grodzinsky, Y. (1998). Children’s passive: A view from the by-phrase. Linguistic Inquiry, 29, 311–332.

Francom, J., LaCross, A., & Ussishkin, A. (2010). How specialized are specialized corpora? Behavioral evaluation for corpus representativeness for Maltese. Proceedings of the Language Resource Evaluation Conference, Malta.

Friedmann, N. (2007). Young children and A-chains: The acquisition of Hebrew unaccusatives. Language Acquisition. 14, 377-422.

Fritzenschaft, A. (1994). Activating passives in child grammar. In: Rosemarie Tracy & Elsa Lattey (Ed.), How Tolerant Is Universal Grammar? Essays on Language Learnability and Language Variation (pp. 155-184). Tübingen: Niemeyer.

Gagliardi, A., & Lidz, J. (2014). Statistical insensitivity in the acquisition of Tsez noun classes. Language, 90(1), 58-89.

Gallaway, C. & Richards, B. (eds.) (1994). Input and interaction in language acquisition. London: Cambridge University Press.

Gavarró, A., & Heshmati, Y. (2014). An investigation on the comprehension of Persian passives in typical development and autism. Catalan journal of linguistics, 13, 79-98.

Giles, D. (2002). Advanced research methods in psychology.  London & New York: Routledge.

Gippert, J., Himmelmann, N., & Mosel, U. (Eds.). (2006). Essentials of language documentation (Vol. 178). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Givón, T. (1984/91). Syntax. A Functional-Typological Introduction. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Goldrick, M. A., Ferreira, V., & Miozzo, M. (2014). The Oxford handbook of language production. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gonzalez-Marquez, M., Mittelberg, I., Coulson, S., & Spivey, M. (Eds.). (2007). Methods in Cognitive Linguistics (Vol. 18). Amsterdam & Philadelphia:  John Benjamins.

Goodluck, H., Saah, K. K., & Stojanovic, D. (1995). On the default mechanism for interrogative binding. The Canadian journal of linguistics40(4), 377-404.

Greenberg, J.H. (1974). Language typology: A historical and analytic overview. The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter.

Greenberg, J.H., et al. (eds.) (1978). Universals of Human Language. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Gries, S. T. (2009). Quantitative corpus linguistics with R. A practical introduction. Oxford: Routledge.

Gries, S. T. (2013). Statistics for linguistics with R: a practical introduction, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

Harrington, J. (2010). Phonetic analysis of speech corpora. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hatch, E. M., Lazaraton, A. & Jolliffe, D. A. (1991). The research manual: Design and statistics for applied linguistics. New York: Newbury House Publishers.

Hickey, R. (eds.) (2017). The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hoff, E. (Ed.). (2011). Research methods in child language: a practical guide (Vol. 9). John Wiley & Sons.

Howitt, D. & Cramer, D. (2008). Research methods in psychology. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education Limited.

Jaeger, T. F. & Norcliffe, E. L. (2009). The cross-linguistic study of sentence production. Language and Linguistics Compass 3: 1-22

Jegerski, J., & VanPatten, B. (Eds.). (2013). Research methods in second language psycholinguistics. London & New York: Routledge.

Jiang, N. (2013). Conducting reaction time research in second language studies. New York: Routledge.

Johnson, K. (2009). Quantitative methods in linguistics. Oxford – New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kelly, B, Kidd, E, & Wigglesworth, G (2015). Indigenous children’s language: Acquisition, preservation and evolution of language in minority contexts, First Language, 35, 279-285.

Kess, J. F. (1992). Psycholinguistics: Psychology, linguistics, and the study of natural language. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing.

Kgolo, N., & Eisenbeiss, S. (2015). The role of morphological structure in the processing of complex forms: Evidence from Setswana deverbative nouns. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 9, .1116-1133.

Kim, Y. & McDonough, K. (2008). Learners’ production of passives during syntactic priming activities. Applied Linguistics, 29, 149–154.

Kita, S., Alibali, M.W., Chu, M. (2017). How do gestures influence thinking and speaking? The gesture-for-conceptualization hypothesis. Psychological Review, 124(3), 245-266.

Körtvélyessy, L. (2017). Essentials of Language Typology. Free download:

Küntay, A. and Slobin, D. I. 1996. Listening to a Turkish mother: some puzzles for acquisition. In: Slobin, D.I., Gerhardt, J., Kyratzis, A. and Guo, J. (eds.). Social interaction, social context, and language (pp. 265-286). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Ladefoged, P. (2003). Phonetic data analysis. An introduction to fieldwork and instrumental techniques. Oxford: Blackwell.

Li, P., & Abarbanell, L. (2016). Competing perspectives: Frames of reference in language and thought. Manuscript submitted for publication. Retrieved from http://scholar. harvard. edu/files/peggyli/files/liabarbanellanimals. pdf.

Lüpke, F. (2010). Research methods in language documentation. Language Documentation and Description 7, 55–104.

Lüpke, F. (2011). Data collection methods for field-based language documentation. In P.K. Austin & S. McGill (Eds.), Endangered languages. London: Routledge. (Critical concepts in linguistics)

Lyovin, A.V. (1997). An introduction to the languages of the world. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

MacDaniel, D., MacKee, C. & Cairns, H. S. (1996). Methods for assessing children’s syntax. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mackey, A., & Gass, S. M. (2013). Second language research: Methodology and design. London: Routledge.

Majid, A. (2012). A guide to stimulus-based elicitation for semantic categories. In N. Thieberger (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of linguistic fieldwork (pp. 54-71). New York: Oxford University Press.

Mallinson, G. & Blake, B.J. (1981). Language typology: Cross-linguistic studies in syntax. Amsterdam: North-Holland.

McDonough, J., & Willie, M. A. (2000). Allowable variability: A preliminary investigation of word recognition in Navajo. University of Rochester: Working Papers in the Language Sciences, Spring 00-1, 1-23.

Menn, L. & Ratner, N. B. (1999). Methods for studying language production. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Montero-Melis, G., Eisenbeiss, S., Narasimhan, B., Ibarretxe-Antuñano, I. Kita, S., Kopecka, A., Lüpke, F., Nikitina, T., Tragel, I., Jaeger, T.F. & Bohnemeyer, J. (2017). Satellite- vs. verb-framing underpredicts nonverbal motion categorization: Insights from a large language sample and simulations. Cognitive Semantics, 3, 36-61, DOI:

Myers, J. (2009). Syntactic judgment experiments. Language and Linguistics Compass 3(1), 406–423.

Newman, P. & Ratliff, M. (2001). Linguistic fieldwork. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

Nicenboim, B. & Vasishth, S.(2016). Statistical methods for linguistic research: Foundational Ideas – Part II. University of Postdam

Nichols, J. (1992). Linguistic diversity in space and time. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Nichols, J. (2007). What, if anything, is typology? Linguistic Typology, 11: 231–238.

O’Grady, W., Schafer, A.J., Perla, J., Lee, O-S. & Wieting, J. (2009). A psycholinguistic tool for the assessment of language loss: The HALA project. Language Documentation and Conservation 3(1). 100-112.

Pinker, S., Lebeaux, D. S. & Frost, L. A. (1987). Productivity and constraints in the acquisition of the passive. Cognition, 26, 195-267.

Plank, F. (ed.) (1986). Typology. The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter.

Podesva, R. J., & Sharma, D. (Eds.). (2014). Research methods in linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (in particular chapter 16)

Podesva, R. J., & Sharma, D. (Eds.). (2014). Research methods in linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Proctor, M., Bundgaard-Nielsen, R. L., Best, C., Goldstein, L., Kroos, C., & Harvey, M. (2010, December). Articulatory modelling of coronal stop contrasts in Wubuy. In Proceedings of the 13th Australasian international conference on speech science and technology (Vol. 90193). Melbourne: La Trobe Univ. Press.

Pye, C. L. & Quixtan Poz, P. (1988). Precocious passives (and antipassives) in Quiche Mayan. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, 27, 71-80.

R Core Team. (2013). R: A language and environment for statistical computing (version 3.0.2) [Computer Software]. Vienna: R Foundation for Statistical Computing. Retrieved from

Rice, K. (2006). Ethical issues in linguistic fieldwork: An overview. Journal of Academic Ethics 4 (1-4), 123–155.

Rosenberg, S. (2014). Handbook of applied psycholinguistics: major thrusts of research and theory. Hove: Psychology Press.

Saah, K. K., & Goodluck, H. (1995). Island effects in parsing and grammar: evidence from Akan. Linguistic review12, 381-409.

Sakel, J. & Everett, D. L. (2012). Linguistic fieldwork: a student guide. Cambridge, MA: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Salzmann, Z., Stanlaw, J., & Adachi, N. (2014). Language, culture, and society: An introduction to linguistic anthropology. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Sauppe, S., Norcliffe, E., Konopka, A. E., & Levinson, S. C. (2013, July). Dependencies first: Eye tracking evidence from sentence production in Tagalog. In CogSci 2013: The 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1265-1270). Cognitive Science Society.

Schütze, C.T. (1996). The empirical base of linguistics: grammaticality judgments and linguistic methodology. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Sedivy, J. (2014). Language in mind: An introduction to psycholinguistics. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

Seifart, F. (2008). On the representativeness of language documentations. In Peter K. Austin (ed.) Language Documentation and Description, Vol 5, 60-76 London: SOAS.

Seifart, Frank. 2010. Nominal classification. Language and Linguistics Compass 4(8), 719–736.

Sekerina, I. A., Fernández, E. M. & Clahsen, H. (Eds.) (2008). Developmental psycholinguistics: On-line methods in children’s language processing. Amsterdam & Philadelphia:  John Benjamins.

Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B. & Zechmeister, J. S. (2006). Research methods in psychology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Shibatani, M. & Bynon, T. (eds.) (1995). Approaches to language typology. Oxford, UK: Clarendon.

Shopen, T. (ed.) (1985). Language Typology and Syntactic Description. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Shusterman, A., & Li, P. (2016). Frames of reference in spatial language acquisition. Cognitive Psychology, 88, 115-161.

Skopeteas, S. & Verhoeven, E. (2005): Postverbal argument
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Slobin, D. I. (1997). The universal, the typological, and the particular in acquisition. In Dan I. Slobin (ed.), The Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition, vol. 5: Expanding the Contexts (p.1-39). Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum.

Song, J. (2013). The Oxford handbook of linguistic typology: Morphology and syntax. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Song, J. (2014). Linguistic typology: Morphology and syntax. London: Routledge.

Speed, L. J., Wnuk, E., & Majid, A. (in press). Studying psycholinguistics out of the lab. In A. De Groot, & P. Hagoort (Eds.), Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. (preprint)

Spivey, M., Joanisse, M., & McRae, K. (Eds.). (2012). The Cambridge handbook of psycholinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Steinberg, D. D., & Sciarini, N. V. (2013). An introduction to psycholinguistics. London & New York: Routledge.

Stoll, S. (2016). Studying language acquisition in different linguistic and
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Stoll, S., & Bickel, B. (2013). Capturing diversity in language acquisition research. In B. Bickel, B., L.A. Grenoble, D.A. Peterson, & A. Timberlake (Eds.). Language Typology and Historical Contingency (pp. 195 – 216). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

Stoll, S. & Lieven, E. (2013). Studying language acquisition crosslinguistically. In Winskel, H. (Ed.), Handbook of South and Southeast Asian psycholinguistics (pp. 19-36). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Suzman, S. M. (1985). Learning the passive in Zulu. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, 24, 131-137.

Thieberger, N. (2011). The Oxford handbook of linguistic fieldwork. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Traxler, M. & Gernsbacher, M. A. (Eds.). (2011). Handbook of psycholinguistics. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Traxler, M. (2011). Introduction to psycholinguistics: Understanding language science. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Vasishth, S. & Nicenboim, B. (2016). Statistical methods for linguistic research: Foundational Ideas – Part I. University of Postdam

Velupillai, V. (2012). An introduction to linguistic typology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Verhoeven, E. (2010): Agentivity and stativity in experiencer verbs: Implications for a typology of verb classes. Linguistic Typology 14:213-251.

Warren, P. (2012). Introducing psycholinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wei, L. & Moyer, M. (2008). Blackwell guide to research methods in bilingualism and multilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell .

Whalen, D. H., & McDonough, J. (2015). Taking the Laboratory into the Field. Annual Review of Linguistics, 1(1), 395-415.

Whaley, L.J. (1997). Introduction to typology: The unity and diversity of language. Newbury Park: Sage.

Yang, C. (2006). The infinite gift: How children learn and unlearn the languages of the world. New York: Scribner.

Xanthos, A., Laaha, S., Gillis, S., Stephany, U., Aksu-Koç, A., Christofidou, A., … & Korecky-Kröll, K. (2011). On the role of morphological richness in the early development of noun and verb inflection. First Language, 31(4), 461-479.

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