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Journal overview

Language Learning and Development (LL&D) serves as a vehicle for interaction among the broad community of scholars and practitioners who investigate language learning, including language learning in infancy, childhood, and across the lifespan; language in both typical and atypical populations and in both native- and second-language learning. LL&D welcomes scholars who pursue diverse approaches to understanding all aspects of language acquisition, including biological, social, and cross-cultural influences, and who employ experimental, observational, ethnographic, comparative, neuroscientific, and formal methods of investigation.

The journal is multidisciplinary and seeks to examine language development in all of its many guises. Among the many issues LL&D explores are biological versus environmental factors in language development; learning in humans versus animals; learning of signed versus spoken language; computer models of learning; and how neurotechnology and visualization of the brain inform our understanding of language learning and development.

While the scope of the topics covered is broad, the journal typically does not publish papers that focus on language pedagogy (for example, the teaching of foreign languages in classroom settings, or literacy), unless the research has clearly articulated implications for the theoretical understanding of language learning. Across the range of questions investigated and methods used in the papers that appear in LL&D, a unifying characteristic is their contribution to the theoretical understanding of language learning and development.

Readership: This journal will appeal to scholars in psychology, linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, education, speech and hearing sciences/communication disorders, and anthropology.


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Peer Review Policy: All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by at least two, and usually three, anonymous referees. Language Learning and Development uses a single-anonymized review process, wherein reviewers know the identity of the authors but remain anonymous themselves. reviewers are identified to authors and other reviewers only if they sign their reviews. The average length of time between submission and final decision is less than ninety days.

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