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Eric Lenneberg (1240)

Clinical neuropsychology, developmental, general, mental retardation, physiological and comparative
1921, Dusseldorf, Germany
1975, White Plains, New York, USA
Short Biography
Eric Heinz Lenneberg (19 September 1921 – 31 May 1975) was a linguist and neurologist who pioneered ideas on language acquisition and cognitive psychology, particularly in terms of the concept of innateness. He was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. Ethnically ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
  • MA (Linguistics) University of Chicago, 1951
  • PhD Harvard University, 1958
Appointments & Honors
  • Editor, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
Principal Publications
  • 1960 Language, evolution and purposive behaviour. In S. J. Dimond (ed.), Culture in History: Essays in Honour of Paul Radin. Columbia University Press.
  • 1962 The relationship of language to the formation of concepts. Synthese, 8, 103-9.
  • 1962 Understanding language without ability to speak: A case report. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 65, 419-25.
  • 1964 The capacity for language acquisition. In J. A. Fodor and J. J. Katz (eds), The Structure of Language: Readings in the Philosophy of Language. Prentice-Hall.
  • 1964 (ed.) New Directions in the Study of Language. MIT Press.
  • 1965 The vocalization of infants born to deaf and hearing parents. Human Development, 8, 23-37 (with F. G. Rebelsky and I. A. Nichols).
  • 1966 Verbal communication and colour memory in the deaf and hearing. Child Development, 37, 765-79 (with D. Lantz).
  • 1967 Biological Foundations of Language. Wiley.
  • 1969 On explaining language. Science, 164, 635-43.
  • 1970 The neurobiology of language: Practical applications. Bulletin of the Orton Society, 20, 7-13.
  • 1971 Of language knowledge, apes and brains. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 1, 1-29.
  • 1975 Foundations of Language Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Academic Press (ed. with E. Lenneberg).
  • 1976 Problems in the comparative study of language. In R. B. Masterson, W. Hodos and H. Jerison (eds), Evolution, Brain and Behaviour: Persistent Problems. Erlbaum.