Representative work

Valian, V.  (2017).  Overview.  In E Fernández & H. Cairns (Eds.), Handbook of psycholinguistics (Ch 20).  New York, NY:  Wiley-Blackwell.

Pozzan, L. & Valian, V.  (2017).  Asking questions in child English: Evidence for early abstract representations.  Language Acquisition, 24(3), 209-233. [full text]

Valian, V.  (2016).  Putting together bilingualism and executive function.  Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism6(5), 565-574. [full text]

Valian, V.  (2016).  When children don't say what they know:  Syntax acquisition and executive function.  In D. Barner & A.S. Baron (Eds.), Core knowledge and conceptual change (Chapter 15, pp 261--276). Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.

Valian, V.  (2016).  Null subjects.  In J. Lidz, W. Snyder, & J. Pater (Eds.), Oxford handbook of developmental linguistics (Chapter 17).  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press. [full text]

Valian, V. (2015, revision of 2009). Innateness and learnability. In E. Bavin & L. Naigles (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of child language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Valian, V. (2015). Bilingualism and cognition. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18(1), 3-24. [full text]

Valian, V. (2015). Bilingualism and cognition: A focus on mechanisms. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18(1), 47-50. [full text]

Valian, V. (2014). Arguing about innateness. Journal of Child Language, 41 (S1), 78-92. [full text]

Valian, V. (2013). Determiners: An empirical argument for innateness. In Sanz, M., Laka, I., & Tanenhaus, M. (Eds.). Language down the garden path: The cognitive and biological basis for linguistic structure (Chapter 14). New York: Oxford University Press. [full text]

Valian, V., Solt, S., & Stewart, J. (2009). Abstract categories or limited-scope formulae: The case of children's determiners. Journal of Child Language[full text]

Valian, V. (2009). Innateness and learnability. In E. Bavin (Ed.), Handbook of Child Language (pp. 15-34). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [full text]

Valian, V. (2009). Abstract linguistic representations and innateness: The development of determiners. In W.D. Lewis, S.Karimi, H. Harley, & S. Farrar. (Eds.), Time and Again: Theoretical Perspectives on Formal Linguistics in Honor of D. Terence Langendoen (pp: 189-206). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [full text]

Bencini, G. M. L., & Valian, V. (2008). Abstract sentence representation in 3-year-olds: Evidence from comprehension and production. Journal of Memory and Language, 59, 97-113. [full text]

Valian, V., Prasada, S., & Scarpa, J. (2006). Direct object predictability: effects on young children’s imitation of sentences. Journal of Child Language, 33, 247-269. [full text]

Valian, V. (2006). Young children's understanding of present and past tense. Language Learning and Development, 2, 251-276.  [full text]

Valian, V., & Aubry, S. (2005). When opportunity knocks twice: two-year-olds' repetition of sentence subjects. Journal of Child Language, 32, 617-641. [full text]

Valian, V. & Casey, L. (2003). Young children's acquisition of wh-questions: The role of structured input. Journal of Child Language, 30, 117-143. [full text]

Grant, J., Valian, V., & Karmiloff-Smith, A. (2002). A study of relative clauses in Williams syndrome.Journal of Child Language, 29, 403-416. [full text]

Valian, V. (1999). Input and language acquisition.  In W. C. Ritchie & T. K. Bhatia (Eds.), Handbook of Child Language Acquisition (pp. 497-530).  New York: Academic Press. [full text]

Valian, V. (1999). Rethinking learning: comments on Rethinking innateness. Journal of Child Language, 26, 248-253. [full text]

Valian V. & Eisenberg, Z. (1996). The development of syntactic subjects in Portuguese-speaking children. Journal of Child Language, 23, 103-128. [full text]

Valian, V., Hoeffner, J., & Aubry, S. (1996). Young children's imitation of sentence subjects: evidence of processing limitations. Developmental Psychology, 2, 153-164. [full text]

Valian, V. & Levitt, A. (1996). Prosody and adults' learning of syntactic structure. Journal of Memory and Language, 35, 497-516. [full text]

Valian, V. (1994). Children's postulation of null subjects: Parameter setting and language acquisition. In B. Lust, G. Hermon, & J. Kornfilt (Eds.), Syntactic Theory and First Language Acquisition: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives. Vol. 2: Binding, dependencies, and learnability (pp. 273-286).  Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. [full text]

Valian, V. (1991). Syntactic subjects in the early speech of American and Italian children. Cognition, 40, 21-81. [full text]

Valian, V. (1990). Null subjects: A problem for parameter setting models of language acquisition. Cognition, 35, 105-122. [full text]

Valian, V. & Coulson, S. (1988). Anchor points in language learning: the role of marker frequency. Journal of Memory and Language27, 71-86. [full text]

Valian, V. (1986). Syntactic categories in the speech of young children. Developmental Psychology, 22, 562-579. [full text]

Valian, V. (1981). Linguistic knowledge and language acquisition. Cognition, 10, 323-329. [full text]

Valian, V. (1980). Listening and clarity of syntactic structure. Journal of Phonetics, 8, 327-334. [full text]

Valian, V. (1979). What children say when asked "what?": A study of the use of syntactic knowledge. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 28, 424-444. [full text]

Valian, V. (1979). The wherefores and therefores of the competence-performance distinction. In W.E. Cooper and E.C.T. Walker (Eds.), Sentence processing: Psycholinguistic studies presented to Merrill Garrett (pp.1-26). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erbaum. [full text]

Erreich, A. & Valian, V. & Winzemer, J. (1978). Aspects of a theory of language acquisition. Child Language, 7, 157-179. [full text]

Valian, V., & Wales, R. (1976). What's what: talkers help listeners hear and understand by clarifying sentential relations. Cognition, 4, 155-176. [full text]