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JILL G. de VILLIERS
Professor - Psychology & Philosophy


Curriculum Vitae


Nationality: British; permanent resident of the United States
Date of birth: June 20, 1948

Degrees


BSc in Psychology with first class honors, Reading University, England, 1969.

PhD in Experimental Psychology, Harvard University, 1974

Positions Held


Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, l974-l979.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, Smith College, 1979-1986.

Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, Smith College, 1986-1995.

Sophia and Austin Smith Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, 1995-present.

NIH Human Development Study Section member, 1991-1995.

Grant Funding


P.I.
P.I.
co-P.I.
Joint-P.I.
co-P.I.
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Co-PI

USING DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE TO DESIGN A COMPUTERIZED PRESCHOOL LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT. Institute for Education Sciences, June 2011-May 2015. With Roberta Golinkoff (U. Delaware), Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, Aquiles Iglesias (Temple University) and Mary Wilson (Laureate Learning Systems).

Publications


Books

de Villiers, J.G. and de Villiers, P.A. Language Acquisition. Harvard University Press, 1978.

de Villiers, P.A. and de Villiers, J.G. Early Language, The Developing Child Series, Harvard University Press, 1979.

Frazier, L. and de Villiers, J. G. (eds) Language Processing and Acquisition. Kluwer, 1990.

de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper, T.W. (in press) Handbook of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition. Springer.

Films

“Out of the Mouths of Babes”, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1974.

“The Human Language”, part II, Equinox Films, 1994.

Papers and Chapters

1971
Millenson, J.R. & Dent, J.G. Habituation of conditioned suppression. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1971,23,126-134.

1972
de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. Early judgments of semantic and syntactic acceptability by children. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 1972,1,299-310.

1973
de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. A cross sectional study of the acquisition of grammatical morphemes in child speech. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 1973,2,267-278.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. Development of the use of word order in comprehension. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 1973,2,331-341.

1974
de Villiers, J.G. & Naughton, J.M. Teaching a symbol language to autistic children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical psychology, 1974,42,111-117.

de Villiers, J.G. Quantitative aspects of agrammatism in aphasia. Cortex, 1974,10,36-54.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers,P.A. Competence and performance in child language: are children really competent to judge? Journal of Child Language ,1974,1,11-22.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. On this, that and the other: non-egocentrism in very young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,1974,18,438-447.

1975
de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. Instructors Manual for Psychology, by Roger Brown and Richard Herrnstein, Boston, Little-Brown,1975.

de Villiers, J.G. & Tager-Flusberg,H.B. Some facts one simply cannot deny. Journal of Child Language, 1975,2,279-286.

1977
de Villiers, J.G. ,Tager-Flusberg, H.B. & Hakuta, K. Deciding among theories of coordination in child speech. Papers and Reports in Child Language Development, 1977,13,118-125.

de Villiers, J.G. Book review: Intelligence in Ape and Man by David Premack. Intelligence, 1977,1,401-410.

1978
de Villiers, J.G. Fourteen grammatical morphemes in acquisition and aphasia. In A. Caramazza & E. Zurif (eds) Language Acquisition and Language Breakdown. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1978.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A., Syntax and semantics in the first two years: the output of form and function and the form and function of the input. In D. Minifie & L.L. Lloyd,(eds) Communicative and Cognitive abilities: early behavioral assessment. Baltimore: University Park Press, l978.

1979
de Villiers, J.G. ,Tager-Flusberg,H.B.,Hakuta,K. & Cohen, M. Children's comprehension of relative clauses. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 1979,17,57-64.

de Villiers,P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. Form and function in the development of sentence negation. Papers and Reports in Child Language Development, 1979,17,57-64.

1980
de Villiers, J.G. The process of rule-learning in child speech- a new look. In K. Nelson (ed) Child Language Volume 2. New York, Gardner Press, 1980.

1982
Tager-Flusberg,H.B., de Villiers, J.G. & Hakuta,K. The development of coordination. In S.A. Kuczaj (ed) Language Development: Syntax and Semantics. Hillsdale: N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1982.

Hakuta,K., de Villiers, J.G. & Tager-Flusberg,H.B. Sentence coordination in Japanese and English. Journal of Child Language, 1982,9, 193-207.

de Villiers, J.G. Functional categories in early language. In D. Bricker,(ed) Applications of Research Findings to Intervention with Handicapped and At-Risk Infants. Baltimore:University Park Press, 1982.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. Methods for the study of language acquisition. In R. Vasta (ed) Strategies and Techniques of Child Study. N.Y.: Academic press, 1982.

Danly,M., de Villiers, J.G. & Cooper,W.E. Control of prosody in Broca's aphasia.In J. J. Wolf & D. Klatt (eds) Speech communication papers presented atthe 97th meeting of the Acoustical Association of America,N.Y.: Acoustical Association of America, 1982,259-263.

de Villiers, J.G. Book Review: P. Fletcher & M. Garman, (eds) Language Acquisition. Journal of Child Language, 1982,9,255-258.

1983
de Villiers,J.G. Phinney,M. & Avery, A. Understanding passives with non-action verbs. ERIC data-base on Languages and Linguistics, 1983.

de Villiers, J.G. Patterns of verb use in mother and child. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, 1983,22,43-48.

1984
de Villiers, J.G. Form and force interactions: the development of negatives and questions. In R. L. Schiefelbusch & J. Pickar (eds) The Acquisition of Communicative Competence. Baltimore: University Park Press,1984.

de Villiers, J.G. Limited input? Limited structure. Commentary. In Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 1984,49, Serial #207.

1985
de Villiers, J.G. Learning how to use verbs. Journal of Child Language, 1985,12, 587-595.

1986
de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. The acquisition of English. In D. Slobin (ed) Cross-linguistic Studies of Language Acquisition. Hillsdale,N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,1986.

1987
de Villiers,P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. Perspective on communication: research and remediation. In Cohen,D.J. & Donellan,A.M. (eds) Handbook of Autism and Atypical Development. New York: Wiley, 1987.

1988
de Villiers, J.G. Faith, doubt and meaning. In F. Kessel, (ed) Development of Language and Language Researchers. Hillsdale,N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1988.

1990
de Villiers, J.G.,Roeper,T. & Vainikka,A. The acquisition of long distance rules. In L. Frazier and J. G. de Villiers (ed) Language Processing and Acquisition. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1990.

Frazier, L. and de Villiers,J.G. Introduction. In L. Frazier and J. G. de Villiers (ed) Language Processing and Acquisition. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1990.

1991
Roeper, T. & de Villiers, J. G. Ordered decisions in the acquisition of wh-questions. In H. Goodluck, J. Weissenborn & T. Roeper (eds)Theoretical issues in language development. Hillsdale, N.J.:Erlbaum, 1991.

de Villiers, J.G. and Roeper,T. Introduction: the acquisition of wh- questions. In B. Plunkett and T. Maxfield (eds) The Acquisition of wh. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 1991.

de Villiers, J.G. Why questions? In B. Plunkett and T. Maxfield (eds)The Acquisition of wh. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 1991.

Weissenborn, J; Roeper, T & de Villiers, J.G. The acquisition of wh- movement in French and German.In B. Plunkett and T. Maxfield (eds)The Acquisition of wh.University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 1991.

de Villiers, J.G. (1991) Syntactic parameter hunting: little scavengers might get lost. Commentary on Crain. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 1991, 14, 616-617.

1992
de Villiers, P.A. and de Villiers, J.G. (1992) Language Development. In M. Bornstein and M. Lamb (eds) Developmental Psychology: An Advanced TextbookLawrence Erlbaum.

de Villiers, J.G. (1992) On the acquisition of functional categories: a general commentary. In Meisel, J. (ed) The acquisition of verb placement: functional categories and V2 phenomena in language development. Dordrecht:Kluwer.

Philip,W. & de Villiers, J.G. (1992) Monotonicity and the acquisition of weak islands. In Clark,E. (ed) Proceedings of the twenty-fourth Stanford Child Language Conference, Stanford University CSLI.

1993
de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper,T. (1993)The emergence of bound variable structures. In E. Reuland & W. Abraham (eds) Knowledge and Language: Orwell's Problem and Plato's Problem.

de Villiers, J.G., Bibeau,L., Ramos, E. & Gatty, J. (1993) Gestural communication in oral deaf mother-child pairs. Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics,14, 319-347.

1994
de Villiers, J.G.; de Villiers, P.A. and Hoban, E. (1994) The central problem of functional categories in the English syntax of oral deaf children. In H. Tager-Flusberg (ed) Theoretical approaches to atypical language. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Roeper,T. & de Villiers, J.G. (1994) Lexical links in the Wh-chain. In B.Lust, G.Hermon & J. Kornfilt (eds) Syntactic Theory and First Language Acquisition: Cross Linguistic Perspectives Volume II: Binding, dependencies and learnability. Lawrence Erlbaum.

1995
de Villiers, J.G. (1995) Empty categories and complex sentences: the case of wh-questions. In P. Fletcher and B. MacWhinney (eds) Handbook of Language Acquisition. Blackwells.

de Villiers, J. G. (1995) Questioning minds and answering machines. In D. MacLaughlin and Susan McEwen (eds) Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla press.

Weissenborn,J., Roeper,T., & de Villiers, J.G. (1995) Wh-acquisition in French and German: connections between case,wh-features and unique triggers. Recherches Linguistiques 24,125-155.

de Villiers, J.G. (1995) (editor) Special issue on the acquisition of wh-questions. Language Acquisition 4.

de Villiers, J.G. (1995) Introduction to the special issue on the acquisition of wh-questions. Language Acquisition 4, 1-4.

de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper,T. (1995) Barriers, binding and acquisition of the DP/NP distinction. Language Acquisition 4, 73-104.

de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper,T. (1995) Relative clauses are barriers to Wh-movement for young children. Journal of Child Language, 22, 389-404.

1996
de Villiers, J.G. (1996) Defining the open and closed program for acquisition: the case of wh-questions. In M. Rice (ed) Towards a genetics of language. Hillsdale,N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.

de Villiers, J.G. (1996) Is politeness innate? Commentary on Snow's chapter. In M. Rice (ed) Towards a genetics of language.

Hillsdale,N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum. Johnson, K., Bateman, S., Moore, D., Roeper, T. & de Villiers, J.G. (1996),On the acquisition of word order in nominals. in A. Stringfellow, D. Cahana-Amitay, E. Hughes, and A. Zukowski (eds.), Proceedings of the 20th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Volume 1, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Gale, E., de Villiers, P., de Villiers, J. & Pyers, J. (1996) Language and theory of mind in oral deaf children. in A. Stringfellow, D. Cahana-Amitay, E. Hughes, and A. Zukowski (eds.), Proceedings of the 20th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Volume 1, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper, T. (1996) Questions after stories: supplying context and removing it as a variable. In D. McDaniel, H. Cairns and C. McKee (eds) Methodology in child language research. Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

1997
de Villiers, J.G. & Pyers, J. (1997) Complementing cognition: the relationship between language and theory of mind. In Proceedings of the 21st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

1998
de Villiers, J.G. (1998) Mind Matters. In Peter Rose (ed) Professorial Passions.

de Villiers, J.G., Curran, L., Philip, W. & DeMunn, H. (1998). Acquisition of the quantificational properties of mental predicates. In: Proceedings of the 22nd annual Boston University conference on Language development. Cascadilla press.

1999
de Villiers. J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. (1999) Language development. Chapter in M. Bornstein and M. Lamb (eds) Developmental Psychology: An Advanced Textbook. (second edition) Lawrence Erlbaum. Pp.313-373

de Villiers, J.G. (1999) On acquiring the structural representations for false complements. In B. Hollebrandse (ed) New perspectives on language acquisition, UMOP.

Abdulkarim, L., Roeper, T. & de Villiers, J. G. (1999) Negative islands in language acquisition.In B. Hollebrandse (ed) New perspectives on language acquisition, UMOP.

2000
de Villiers. J.G. (2000) Language and Theory of mind: what are the developmental relationships? In Baron-Cohen, S., Tager-Flusberg, H. & Cohen, D. (eds) Understanding other minds: perspectives from autism and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Cambridge University press.pp83-123.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. (2000) Linguistic determinism and false belief. In P. Mitchell & K. Riggs (eds) Children's Reasoning and the Mind. Hove,U.K.: Psychology Press.

Schafer, R. & de Villiers, J. (2000) Imagining Articles: What a and the can tell us about the Emergence of DP. In Proceedings of the Boston University Language Development conference, Somerville: Cascadilla press

2001
de Villiers, J.G. (2001) Language acquisition, point of view and possible worlds. Introduction to symposium. In M. Almgren, A. Barrena, M-J. Ezeizabarrena, I. Idiazabal, & B. MacWhinney (eds) Research in Child Language Acquisition: Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Association for the study of child language. Somerville, Ma: Cascadilla press.

de Villiers, J.G. (2001) Extension, intension and other minds. In M. Almgren, A. Barrena, M-J. Ezeizabarrena, I. Idiazabal, & B. MacWhinney (eds) Research in Child Language Acquisition: Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Association for the study of child language. Somerville, Ma: Cascadilla press.

Allen, B.A., de Villiers, J.G. & François, S. (2001) Deficit or difference: African American children‘s linguistic paths towards a theory of mind. In M. Almgren, A. Barrena, M-J. Ezeizabarrena, I. Idiazabal, & B. MacWhinney (eds) Research in Child Language Acquisition: Proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Association for the study of child language. Somerville, Ma: Cascadilla press.

de Villiers, J.G. (2001) Continuity and modularity in language acquisition and research. In F. Wijnen, M. Verrips & L. Santelmann (eds) Annual Review of Language Acquisition.

2002
de Villiers, J.G. & Pyers, J. (2002) Complements to Cognition: A longitudinal study of the relationship between complex syntax and false-belief-understanding. Cognitive Development.

Kamawar, D., Garfield, J. & de Villiers, J.G. (2002) Difficulties with a computational model of weak coherence as an explanation of autism. Mind and Language.17,3, 266-272.

Schick, B., de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. (2002) Theory of Mind: Language and Cognition in Deaf Children. Invited piece, ASHA leader.

de Villiers, J.G. (2002) Defining SLI: A linguistic perspective. In J. Schaeffer & Y. Levy (eds) Towards a theory of SLI. Hillsdale,NJ: Erlbaum.

2003
de Villiers,J.G. and de Villiers, P.A. (2003) Language for Thought: coming to understand False Beliefs. In D Gentner & S. Goldin-Meadow, (eds) Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Cognition MIT press.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T. & de Villiers, J. (2003) The DELV-SC.(screener) The Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation. The Psychological Corporation, San Antonio.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T. & de Villiers, J. (2003) The DELV-CT.(Criterion-referenced version) The Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation. The Psychological Corporation, San Antonio.

de Villiers, J. G. & de Villiers, P.A. (2003) Why not LF for false belief reasoning? A response to Carruthers, P. The cognitive functions of language. Brain and Behavioral Sciences.

2004
de Villiers, J.G. (2004) Cultural and linguistic fairness in the assessment of semantics. In Seymour, H. & Pearson (B) (eds) Evaluating language variation: distinguishing development and dialect from disorder. Seminars in Speech and Language, 73-90.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T & de Villiers, J.G. (2004) Conclusions, future directions, and implications for remediation. . In Seymour, H. & Pearson (B) (eds) Evaluating language variation: distinguishing development and dialect from disorder. Seminars in Speech and Language , 113-115.

Coles-White, D., de Villiers, J & Roeper, T. (2004) The emergence of barriers to wh-movement, negative concord and quantification. In A. Brugos, L. Micciulla, & C. Smith (eds), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Boston University conference on Language Development, Cascadilla press, Volume 1, pp.98-107

de Villiers, J.G. (2004).Meme or module? Invited paper, Web conference on Co-evolution of language and Theory of Mind. http://www.interdisciplines.org/coevolution, May

de Villiers J. G. (2004) Getting complements on your mental state (verbs). In J. Van Kampen & Sergio Baauw (eds). Proceedings of 2003 GALA conference.pp13-26 Utrecht: LOT.

2005
de Villiers, J.G. (2005). Can language acquisition give children a point of view? In J. Astington & J. Baird (Eds.) Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind. Oxford Press.

Hirsh-Pasek, K., Kochanoff, A., Newcombe, N. & de Villiers, J.G. (2005) Using scientific knowledge to inform preschool assessment: making the case for empirical validity. Social Policy report (SRCD) Volume XIX, 1, 3-19.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T. & de Villiers, J. (2005) The DELV-NR.(Norm-referenced version) The Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation. The Psychological Corporation, San Antonio.

Johnson, V. & de Villiers, J.G. & Seymour, H. (2005) Agreement without understanding: the case of third person /s/. First Language. 25 (3), 317-330.

2006
de Villiers, J., J. Cahillane & E. Altreuter (2006). What can Production Reveal about Principle B? In: Deen, K.U., J. Nomura, B. Schulz and B.D. Schwartz (eds), The Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition–North America, Honolulu, HI. University of Connecticut Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 4, pp 89-100.

de Villiers J.G. & Johnson, V. (2006) The information in third person /s/. Journal of child language, 33, 1-26

Altreuter. E. & de Villiers, J. (2006) Does every child produce “every” correctly? In T. Vignevjic (ed), Current Issues in First language Acquisituion., University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers34. Linguistics Department, U.Mass Amherst. 1-20

2007
de Villiers, J.G. & Johnson, V. ( 2007) Implications of new vocabulary assessments for minority children. R. Wagner, A. Muse & K. Tannebaum (Eds.) Vocabulary Acquisition:Implications for Reading Comprehension, Guilford press. 157-181.

Schick, B., de Villiers, P., de Villiers J.G. & Hoffmeister, R. (2007) Language and false belief reasoning; a study of deaf children. Child Development, 78, 2, 376-398.

Gxilishe. S., de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. (2007) Acquisition of tense in Xhosa; the long and the short of it. In H. Caunt-Nulton, S. Kulatilake & I-H. Woo (Eds) Proceedings of the 31st Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, Ma: Cascadilla press. Vol 1, 274-285.

Newton, A & de Villiers, J.G. (2007) Thinking while talking: adults fail non-verbal false belief reasoning. Psychological Science. Volume 18, Issue 7, Page 574-579.

de Villiers, J.G. (2007) The interface of language and theory of mind. Lingua. Volume 117, Issue 11, November 2007, Pages 1858-1878.

Gxilishe, S., de Villiers, P.A.. & de Villiers, J.G. (2007) The acquisition of subject agreement in Xhosa. In Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni and Mari Umeda (Eds.) Galana 2 - Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. Pp 114-123.

2008
de Villiers, J.G., Roeper, T., Bland-Stewart, L. & Pearson, B (2008) Answering hard questions: wh-movement across dialects and disorder. Applied Psycholinguistics, 29, 67-103.

de Villiers, J.G. & Gxilishe. S. (2008.) The acquisition of number agreement in English and Xhosa. In Jose M. Brucart, Anna Gavarro, Jaume Sola (eds) Merging Features: Computation, Interpretation, and Acquisition. Oxford press.

Hollebrandse, B., Hobbs, Kathryn, de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper, T. (2008) Second order embedding and second order false belief. In Anna Gavarró and M. João Freitas (eds) Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2007, 270-280.

2009

Johnson, V.E. & de Villiers, J.G. (2009) Syntactic frames in fast mapping verbs: The effects of age, dialect and clinical status. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. Vol.52 610-622.

de Villiers, P.A., de Villiers, J.G., Coles-White, D.  & Carpenter, L. A.  (2009) The acquisition of implicatures in typically-developing children and children with autism. Jane Chandlee, Michelle Franchini, Sandy Lord, and Gudrun-Marion Rheiner (eds) Proceedings of BUCLD 33, 121-132 Cascadilla press.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. (2009) Complements enable representation of the contents of false belief: evolution of a theory. In S. Foster-Cohen (ed) Language Acquisition. Palgrave, Macmillan.

de Villiers, J.G. & Garfield, J. (2009) Evidentiality and Narrative. In D. Hutto (ed) Narrative Practice and Folk Psychology, Special issue. Journal of Consciousness Studies.

de Villiers, J.G. , Garfield, J., Gernet Girard, H., Roeper, T. & Speas, P. (2009) Evidentials in Tibetan: Acquisition, semantics and cognitive development. In Fitneva, S. & Matsui, T. (eds) Evidentiality: a wndow into language and cognitive develoment. Special Issue: New directions for adolescent and child development. 125, 29-48.

Kyuchukov, H. & de Villiers, J.G. (2009) Theory of mind and evidentiality in Romani-Bulgarian bilingual children. Psychology of Language and Communication, Vol. 13, No. 2

Van Hout, A., Harrigan,, K. & de Villiers, J.G. (2009). Comprehension and Production of Definite and Indefinite Noun Phrases in English Preschoolers. In (ed) Proceedings of Galana. Cascadilla press.

Gxilishe, S., Smouse, M., Xhalisa, T. & de Villiers, J.G. (2009)

Children’s Insensitivity to Information from the Target of Agreement: The Case of Xhosa. Galana proceedings. Cascadilla press.

2010

Van Hout, A., Harrigan, K. & de Villiers, J.G. (2010)  Asymmetries in the Acquisition of Definite and Indefinite Noun Phrases. In Petra Hendriks and Charlotte Koster (eds)  Special Issue on Asymmetries in Child Language, Lingua.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G.(2010) Assessment of Language Acquisition. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, volume 1(2) 230-244.

de Villiers, P.A., de Villiers, J.G., Picone, C-L., Wilkins A,, Dinkins, E. & Burns, F.  and School Readiness Research Consortium: (2010) Dialect and Narrative Skills in African American Preschoolers. In Proceedings of the BUCLD, 2009. Somerville: Cascadilla press.

de Villiers, J.G., de Villiers, P.A. & Roeper, T. (2010s). Wh-questions: Moving beyond the first Phase. Lingua.

de Villiers, J.G. (2010) On building up a sufficient representation for belief: Tense, Point of View and Wh-movement. In Proceedings of Gala 2009, ed Joao Costa. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars press.

In press

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. (in press) The Acquisition of Syntax.

In Zelazo, P. (ed) Handbook of Child Development, Oxford University press.

Submitted

de Villiers, J.G. (submitted) Structured thought: Syntax and False Belief Reasoning. Chapter for A. Leslie and T. German (eds), Handbook of Theory of Mind. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

de Villiers, J.G. Hobbs, K., & Hollebrandse, B. (submitted) Recursive complements and propositional attitudes. In P. Speas & T. Roeper (eds) Recursion.

de Villiers, P. A. & de Villiers, J.G. (submitted) Deception dissociates from false belief in deaf children.

de Villiers, J.G. (submitted) Language and reasoning about beliefs. In S. Gelman and M Banarji (eds) Social Cognition.

Kalsang*, Speas, P., Garfield, J.  and de Villiers, J.G. Direct Evidentials, Case, Tense and Aspect in Tibetan

 

Recent presentations (last ten years)


1999
de Villiers, J.G. (March 1999) Language for thought. Colloquium, Department of Psychology, Berkeley, CA.

Johnson, V. E., de Villiers, J. G., Seymour, H. N. Comprehension of third person /s/ in AAE and SAE speaking children. Poster Session presented at the Annual Student Day Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, April 1999.

de Villiers, J.G. (April 1999) Symposium organizer and discussant, Can language drive conceptual change? Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque,N.M.

de Villiers. J. G., Segal, G.,Broderick, K. & Feldman, J. (April 1999) A developmental study of the referential opacity of desire versus belief. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque,N.M.

de Villiers, J.G. (April 1999) Developmental Psychology lunchbag talk: How children figure out what’s in people’s minds. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

de Villiers, J.G. & Fitneva, S. (1999) From seeing to believing: can language provide the bridge? Paper presented at IASCL, San Sebastian, Spain, July.

Hollebrandse, B., Roeper, T & de Villiers, J.G. (1999) Extraction from quotation. Poster presented at IASCL, San Sebastian, Spain, July.

de Villiers,J.G., Roeper, T. & de Villiers, P.A. (1999) What every 5-year old should know: syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Presentation at ASHA, San Francisco, November.

2000
de Villiers. J.G., de Villiers, P.A., Friedman, J., Freedman, S. and Goodrich, J. (2000) Explaining action using complex syntax; a comparison of oral deaf and hearing children. Poster presentation at 21st Annual symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

de Villiers. P.A., de Villiers, J.G., Friedman, J., Church, J., Gutowski, A., & Shlasko, G. (2000) Painting the landscape of consciousness: theory of mind and narrative skills in oral deaf children. Poster presentation at 21st Annual symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

de Villiers, J.G. and de Villiers P.A. False belief understanding: does language help computation or representation? Paper presented in symposium organized by Josef Perner, “Theory of Mind and its detractors; what develops at 4?” XXVIIth International Congress of psychology Stockholm, Sweden, July, 2000.

de Villiers, P.A., de Villiers, J., Hoffmeister, R., & Schick, B. (2000). “Theory of mind development in signing and non-signing deaf children: the impact of sign language on social cognition.” Amsterdam, The Netherlands.7th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, July.

Schick, B., Hoffmeister, R., de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J. ( 2000). “ASL and theory of mind in deaf children with deaf or hearing parents.” Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 7th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research. July.

de Villiers, J.G. (2000) Organizer of symposium and presenter: Language and Possible Worlds. In Conference Language in the Mind, University of Singapore, Singapore, September 3-6.

de Villiers, J.G. and de Villiers, P.A. (2000), What every child has to know: pragmatics, semantics and syntax. Invited colloquium University of Hong Kong, Monday, September 11th.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. (2000) Language and theory of mind in signing and non-signing deaf children. Invited colloquium, Chinese University, Hong Kong, Tuesday September 12th.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. (2000) Complementing cognition: language as a causal variable in theory of mind development. Distinguished Speakers in Science series, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 4th.

de Villiers, J.G. (2000) Effects of a mature theory of mind on the acquisition of Point of View in language. Linguistics Department Colloquium, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 3rd.

de Villiers, J.G.,Schafer, R., Pearson, B. & Seymour, H. (2000) Control of Article Use in SAE- & AAE-Speaking Children American Speech and Hearing Association, Washington, D.C. November 15-21.

Jackson, J., de Villiers, J., Green, L. & Roeper ,T. (2000) Difference Versus Disorder in AAE: The Role of Linguistic Theory. American Speech and Hearing Association, Washington, D.C. November 15-21.

de Villiers,P., de Villiers, J., Seymour, H., Burns, F. & Pearson,B. (2000) Elicited Production of Critical Pragmatic Functions at Age 5. American Speech and Hearing Association, Washington, D.C. November 15-21.

Seymour, H., de Villiers, J. G. & Roeper, T. (2000) A Dialect-Sensitive Language Screener. American Speech and Hearing Association, Washington, D.C.

November 15-21. de Villiers, J.G. & Kamawar, D. (2000) Acquisition of articles in SAE and AAE. Paper presented at the U.Mass/U.Conn workshop, Storrs CT, December 2nd.

2001
Witt, J. & de Villiers, J.G. (2001) Understanding desire: Preschooler’s limitations. Poster at Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN, April.

de Villiers, P.A., de Villiers, J. G., Schick,B. & Hoffmeister, R. (2001)Language and theory of mind in oral and signing deaf children. Poster at Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN, April.

de Villiers, J.G., de Villiers, P.A. & Roeper, T. (2001) Getting to the heart of what five years olds know about language. Massachusetts Speech and Hearing Association, Danvers, Ma. April 28th.

de Villiers, J.G. (2001) The case of 3rd person /s/ in SAE and AAE. Paper presented at the U.Mass/U.Conn workshop, U.Mass,Amherst, May 10th.

Pearson, B., Asplin, K.,Wagner, L. & de Villiers, J. (2001)Organization is the key: alternative measures of the verb lexicon. Poster presented at Wisconsin conference on language disorders, Madison, June.

Seymour, H., de Villiers, P.A., de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper, T. (2001) The Dialect Sensitive Language Test. Connecticut Speech and Hearing Association, Farmington, CT. Nov 2nd

de Villiers, J.G. & Johnson, V. (2001) The case of the disappearing 3rd person /s/. Paper presented at the Boston University conference on language development, Boston, November 2-4.

Seymour,H., de Villiers,J.G., de Villiers, P.A., Roeper, T. Profiles from the Dialect-Sensitive Language Screener. Extended seminar, ASHA, New Orleans, November 15-18, 2001.

de Villiers,J.G., de Villiers, P.A., Roeper, T. & Seymour,H., Assessing what every five-year-old needs to know. Extended seminar, ASHA, New Orleans, November 15-18, 2001.

de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper, T. What every three year old needs to know. Extended seminar, ASHA, New Orleans, November 15-18, 2001.

n and quantifier results from the DELV testing. Invited participants, SLI international cooperation meeting, Groningen, 14-15 December 2002 the Netherlands.

2002
de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. Language for thought: coming to understand false beliefs. Paper in symposium Language and Thought, AAAS meetings, Boston, Ma. Feb. 17, 2002.

de Villiers, J.G. Can language acquisition give children a point of view? Paper presented at University of Toronto conference on Language and Theory of Mind, April, 2002.

Johnson, V.E., de Villiers, J., Deschamps, C., D’Amato, K, & Huneke, S. Can syntax give you complements? Poster presented at Madison IASCL/SCRLD, July 2002.

Terry, J.M., de Villiers, J.G.,Kim, M-J & Fond, M. African American English speaking children’s concept of BE-ing. Paper in symposium on the special features of African-American English, presented at Madison IASCL/SCRLD, July 2002.

de Villiers, J., Burns, F. & Bland-Stewart, L. Specificity constraints on negative concord. Paper in symposium on the special features of African-American English. Presented at Madison IASCL/SCRLD, July 2002

Coles-White, D., de Villiers, J., Roeper, T., Seymour, H & Johnson-Quayle,E. Negative concord in African-American English. Paper in symposium on the special features of African-American English, presented at Madison IASCL/SCRLD, July 2002.

de Villiers J.G., Pyers, J. Broderick, K. & Eddy, N. A longitudinal study of explanations of action. Paper in symposium on The Language of Mental State Explanations: Conceptual, Semantic and Syntactic Issues in Normal and Delayed Development presented at Madison IASCL/SCRLD, July 2002.

de Villiers, J.G. The opacity of opacity. Discussion of symposium, How opaque is opacity? presented at Madison IASCL/SCRLD, July 2002

de Villiers, P.A, & de Villiers, J.G. What every three-year old should know/ and What every five year old should know. Rhode Island speech and Language Association, September 2002;

de Villiers, J. G. & de Villiers, P.A. Adventures in the assessment of African-American English. Brown University Cognitive Science Lunchbag, October 2002.

de Villiers, J. G. Can language acquisition give children a point-of-view? Colloquium, Linguistics department, U. Mass, Amherst. October 2002.

de Villiers, J.G. Adventures in the assessment of African-American English. Paper presented in the UMass/UConn workshop on Language Acquisition, November 2002.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T., de Villiers, J. & de Villiers, P. Profiles of children on the DELV. Seminar, ASHA, Atlanta November 2002.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J. G, Pearson, B. & Burns, F. Pragmatics and syntax between ages 4 and 9- elicited production. Short course, ASHA, Atlanta November 2002.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. Language and theory of Mind: key factors in narrative development. Short course, ASHA, Atlanta, November 2002.

de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper, T. Wh-question and quantifier results from the DELV testing. Invited participants, SLI international cooperation meeting, Groningen, 14-15 December 2002 the Netherlands.

2003
de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. Adventures in Language assessment: differentiating disorder and dialect (and is dialect a dirty word?). Liberal Arts luncheon, February 6th, Smith College.

de Villiers, J.G. Can false complements improve the mind? Colloquium, Psychology department, Harvard University, February.

de Villiers, J.G. Language for thought: some current theoretical varieties. Colloquium, Cognitive Science department, Carleton University, Ottawa, March.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T, de Villiers J.G. & de Villiers, P. The Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation- screener (DELV-SCR) and the Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation–criterion–references version (DELV-CR) Invited seminars, New York Speech and Language Association. Rye, New York, March.

de Villiers, J.G. Symposium, “What can children learn from complements?” Society for Research in Child Development, April, Tampa. Organizer.

de Villiers, J.G. The role of complements in the development of false belief understanding.In Symposium, “What can children learn from complements?” Society for Research in Child Development, April, Tampa.

de Villiers,J. G. & de Villiers, P.A. Invited seminar to speech-language practitioners Hillbrow Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2003.

de Villiers, J.G. Getting complement s on your mental state (verbs). Invited plenary, GALA (Generative Approaches to language Acquisition), Utrecht, September 2003.

de Villiers, J.G. Does language matter for belief but not desire? Colloquium. Language and Communications, Indiana University, Bloomington, October 2003.

de Villiers, J.G. Coordinating points of view. In symposium on Referential Opacity: Cognitive development Society, Utah, October, 2003.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T., de Villiers, J., & de Villiers, P. Preventing Over representation of Culturally/ Linguistically Diverse Students. ASHA, Chicago, November 2003.

Seymour, H., Roeper, T., de Villiers, J., & Pearson, B. Z. Raising the Standards ASHA, Chicago, November 2003.

de Villiers, J. & Roeper, T. Twenty Questions. ASHA, Chicago, November 2003.

2004
de Villiers, J.G. & Johnson, V. Implications of New Vocabulary Assessments for Minority Children. Invited paper, Florida conference on Reading and Vocabulary, Captiva, February.

de Villiers, J.G.., Roeper, T. & Foreman, C. Linguistic Perspectives on Language Impairment: Distinguishing African-American English from Disorder. Invited colloquium, Linguistics and Psychology, University of North Carolina, Durham, February.

de Villiers, J. G. On getting language for thinking. Invited plenary address, Second Lisbon meeting on Language acquisition, Lisbon, June. Ibid, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, June.

de Villiers, J.G. Can referential opacity be considered a form of agreement? Paper in symposium on referential opacity in child development, presented at the Joint meeting of the European Society for Philosopjhy of Psychology and the American society for Philosophy of Psychology, July, Barcelona, Spain.

de Villiers, J.G. What’s the use of recursion? Paper presented in symposium on Language and Thought, Cognitive science Society, Chicago, August 2004.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. Assessment of Pragmatics. Seminar, ASHA, Philadelphia, November.

de Villiers. J.G. & Roeper, T. Point of View and Theory of Mind. Paper presented at ASHA, Philadelphia, November.

Vargas. S., Johnson V., de Villiers, J & de Villiers, P. Item analysis of responses on communicative role taking in AAE and MAE. Poster presented at ASHA, Philadelphia, November.

Morrissey, G, de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A, Relative clause production in AAE and MAE. Poster presented at ASHA, Philadelphia, November.

de Villiers, J.G. & Cahillane. J. What can production tell us about Principle B? Poster presented at GALANA (Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition of North America), Hawaii, December.

2005
de Villiers, J.G. A touchy subject: Optimality Theory and children’s pronoun errors Colloquium, Linguistics Dept. University of Capetown. February.

de Villiers, P.A, & de Villiers, J.G. Why and how assess child language? U. Limpopo, Gauteng, South Africa. March.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. Language, narrative, and theory of mind. UNISA, Pretoria (Tswane), South Africa. March.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. Some Ideas on Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind. In panel: Links between theory of mind, language and family communicative environments. SRCD Atlanta 2005, April.

de Villiers, J.G. Discussion:Why false beliefs need language. In panel: what aspects of language are necessary for understanding mental states? SRCD, Atlanta, April de Villiers, J.G. Embedded complements and false belief. In panel: When and how does language affect cognitive development? SRCD, Atlanta, April.

de Villiers, J.G. Language and Theory of Mind: the Frontiers. Brown bag Developmental Psychology, Yale University, April.

de Viliers, J.G. Meeting the challenge of dialect-neutral language assessments. Colloquium, Education, University of Delaware, April.

de Viliers, J.G. Language and Theory of Mind: the Frontiers. Brown bag, Cognitive science, U. Delaware, April.

de Villiers, J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. Dialect versus Disorder: Variations in the CP. Paper presented at EUCLDIS (European Society for Child Language Disorders), Abbayé Royaumont, Paris, May.

de Villiers, J.G. Colloquium, Linguistics department, Paris VIII, May.

de Villiers, J.G. The Interfaces of Language and Theory of Mind. Workshop: Radbaud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands May.

de Villiers, P.A. & de Villiers, J.G. When does language matter for Theory of Mind, and why? Colloquium. Linguistics, U. Groningen. The Netherlands, May.

de Villiers, J. Symposium: Organizer and speaker: Current Research on Language and Theory of Mind with Peggy Speas, Thomas Roeper and Peter A. de Villiers. Berlin, July IIASCL (International Society for the Study of Child Language Acquisition)

Altreuter, E. & de Villiers, J.G. Children’s production of “every”. Paper presented at UUSLAW, U.Mass, December 2005.

Johnson, J. Vargas, S., de Villiers, J, de Villiers, P. & Grela, B. Speech act responses: a closer look. Poster presented at American Speech and Hearing Association, San Diego, November.

de Villiers, J. & Roeper, T. A new look at the relationships of language and context. Seminar presented at American Speech and Hearing Association, San Diego, November 2005.

de Villiers, P. and de Villiers, J. Language and Theory of Mind: What every SLP should know. Seminar presented at American Speech and Hearing Associaton, San Diego, November 2005.

Waryas, C., Ciocchi, L., & de Villiers, J. DELV: A Model Research Collaboration between Academia, Government, and Industry. With Seminar presented at American Speech and Hearing Association, San Diego, November 2005.

2006
de Villiers, J. Language and Theory of Mind: post-its from the edge. OBND, Smith College, February.

de Villiers, J. The interface of language and theory of mind. Invited colloquium, Linguistics, University of Milan, Italy, April 2006.

Gxilishe, S., de Villiers J. & de Villiers, P. .Number agreement in English and Xhosa. Paper presented at Language acquisition workshop, GLOW, Barcelona, April 06.

Gxilishe, S., de Villiers, P & de Villiers, J Acquisition of noun class markers in Xhosa. Conference on the Bantu-Romance connection. Leeds, May 2006.

Gxilishe, S., de Villiers, J. & de Villiers, P. Acquisition of subject agreement in Xhosa. GALANA, Montreal, August.

Gxilishe, de Villiers, J & de Villiers, P. Acquisition of tense in Xhosa; the long and the short of it. Paper presented at Boston University Conference on Language Development, November 2006.

Garfield, J. & de Villiers, J. Evidentiality, Language,and Theory of Mind. Paper presented at Yale, December 5th, 2006.

Hollebrandse, B., Hobbs, K., de Villiers, J.G. & Roeper, T. Second order things. Paper presented at UUSLAW workshop, U.Mass, December 9th 2006.

2007
de Villiers, J.G., de Villiers, P.A. & Roeper, T. (2007) AAE and MAE: On the path to answering complex wh-questions. Poster presented at the Texas Sympoisum on Language Diversity, Austin, Texas, February.

de Villiers, J.G. (2007) Language for Mind. Colloquium presented in the Theoretical Linguistic series, Harvard University Linguistics Department, February.

de Villiers, J., de Villiers, P., & Roeper, T.(2007) On the path to answering complex Wh-questions.” Poster presentation at the Texas Research Symposium on Language Diversity. Austin, TX. February, 2007.

de Villiers, J., Jay Garfield, Peggy Speas, & Tom Roeper (2007)The acquisition of Tibetan evidentials. In Symposium on Evidentials, Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, April.

O’Connor, A.  Catherine Burgin, Jill de Villiers,, Peggy Speas and Tom Roeper (2007).How Children Coordinate Multiple Deictic Terms in Sentences.  Poster, Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, April.

Merchant, G. & de Villiers , J.G. (2007). Children’s control of reference in opaque contexts in production. Poster Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, April.

de Villiers, J. G. &  de Villiers, P. (2007) Language and Thought. Lecture series, the Winter Institute, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, August 6th-10th.

de Villiers, J.G. (2007) From evidence to belief. Lecture in Symposium: Psycholinguistics and Linguistic Theory. University of Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil,  August 14th.

2008
Gxilishe, S., de Villiers P. & de Villiers, J. (2008) Towards the development of norms for the acquisition of Xhosa. In workshop on Acquisition of African Languages, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, January.

de Villiers. J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. (2008) Pragmatic assessment of language impaired children. Colloquium, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, February.

de Villiers. J.G. & de Villiers, P.A. (2008) Pragmatic assessment of language impaired children. Workshop, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, February.

Merchant, G., de Villiers, J.G. & Smith. S. (2008) Optimized intervention software benefits grammar skills in young oral deaf children. Council on Exceptional Children, Boston, April 5th.

de Villiers, J. (2008)  Meeting the challenge of cross-linguistic work on language acquisition and disorder. COST meeting, Warsaw, May 1st.

de Villiers J.G. & Gxilishe, S. (2008) The acquisition of preverbal morphology in Xhosa. International Association for the study of Child language, Edinburgh, Scotland, July.

Gxilishe, S., Smouse, M, Xhalisa, T. & de Villiers, J.G. (2008) Children’s Insensitivity to Information from the Target of Agreement: The Case of Xhosa.  Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, North America (GALANA),  U. Connecticut, September.

de Villiers, P.A., de Villiers, J.G., Carpenter, L & Coles- White, D. (2008) The acquisition of implicatures in typically-developing children and children with autism. Boston University conference on Child Language Development, November.

Dinkins, E., de Villiers, J.G., & de Villiers, P.A. (2009) “Depth of dialect predicts narrative quality in African American preschoolers.” Poster presentation at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Chicago, IL. Nov 15, 2008.

de Villiers, J. G. (2009) Language and Theory of Mind: what about evidentials? Symposium on Relationships between Language and Theory of Mind, Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, April 2nd

de Villiers, P.A., de Villiers, J.G., & *Hobbs, K. (2009) “False belief reasoning in low-income bilingual Hispanic preschoolers: Is there an effect of bilingualism?” Paper in a symposium on Cognitive Effects of Bilingualism at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Convention, Denver, CO. Apr 4.

de Villiers, J.G., de Villiers, P.A., *Hobbs, K., Taylor, H., & Swank, P. (2009) “Language and theory of mind in a large low-income sample of preschoolers studied longitudinally.” Paper in a symposium on Enhancing Early Academic, Social and Language Competencies at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Convention, Denver, CO. Apr 4.

*Kenyon, T & de Villiers J. (2009) How preschool children handle relevance implicatures Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, April 2nd

de Villiers, J.G. (2009) Recursive Complements and Propositional Attitudes. Paper presented at NSF funded conference on Recursion, U.Mass, Amherst, May

de Villiers, J.G. (2009) Can Optimality account for asymmetries in production and comprehension of referentially opaque noun phrases? Paper presented to the conference on Language and Optimality Theory, Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, July.

de Villiers, J.G. (2009) On building up a sufficient representation for belief: 
Tense, Point of View and  Wh-movement. Plenary Speaker, GALA, Lisbon, September.

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