Language Development Research: An Open-Science Journal

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We set up Language Development Research (ISSN 2771-7976) because we don't believe in locking articles behind paywalls, in charging taxpayers and universities to publish research they've already funded, or in privileging papers that are "exciting" over those committed to scientific rigour. We believe that open science is better science. We uphold the highest standards of research integrity. We insist on open data and materials, and commit to publishing every article that is judged by our peer review process to meet our criteria for methodological and theoretical rigour.

We invite submissions of empirical and theoretical investigations of children's language development: typical and atypical, mono-, bi- and multi-lingual, spoken, signed, or written. We are also interested in the exploration of any topic or population relevant to language development, broadly construed (e.g., second language learning, artificial language learning, adult psycholinguistics, computational modeling).

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Call for Special-Issue submissions

Special Issue on Infant-Directed Speech (IDS) in lesser-studied languages

Topic: Infant-directed speech, the special way people speak to infants, has many features that are shared across languages, including a slower speaking rate, higher and greater changes in pitch over an utterance, and acoustically exaggerated vowel and consonant contrasts. Some of these features have been associated with better developmental outcomes. However, none of these features are universal across languages, cultures, or all caregivers within a community. Studying infant-directed speech in lesser-studied languages presents the opportunity to observe how different linguistic structures are modified across diverse languages. It also provides an opportunity to examine the effect of collective child-rearing practices common among many communities around the world where grandparents are often the primary carers. Even in the widely reported English-speaking countries, increasing participation by mothers in the workforce has seen fathers taking on co-parenting roles, or becoming the primary caregivers. Yet, little is known about the input infants receive from these important people in their lives. Across these populations of speakers, we still lack a comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to variability in infant-directed speech, such as caregiver education and the role of common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The goal of this special issue is to address these questions by pulling together the latest research from diverse populations to understand variation in infant-directed speech.

Suggestions for possible areas

Papers on a range of areas in infant-directed speech will be considered including papers that include:

  • Lesser-studied languages
  • Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural comparisons
  • Primary careers other than mothers

Keywords: infant-directed speech, minorities, non-WEIRD communities, parenting

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