Written assignments


Each assignment that you turn in should summarize one the articles from each set (below) and should be roughly two pages long. Note: The second assignment should use only articles read since after the first assignment was turned in.

Here’s a nice explanation of how to do one of these write-ups by former teaching assistant Reina Mizrahi.


  • Put your name and date in the upper left corner of each page.
  • Spacing should be 1.5 to 2 lines.
  • Font should be 12 points.
  • Format the headings (below) differently from the rest of the text.
  • Spell-check.
  • Note that you should save this work as a MSWord file or similar, and submit it as an attachment on TritonEd. Don’t paste it into the text box, as all formatting will be lost.


This should contain your own thoughts, ideas, and phrasing. See course’s academic honesty policy.

Each summarized article should contain the following parts (here’s a sample summary):

  • Research question
  • Hypothesis
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusions and Critical Assessment

Assignments should be turned in on TritonEd by the due date (at the latest). Unless you have made prior arrangements with Professor Creel, lateness will not be tolerated.

Articles for written summary assignments:

For Summary 1, please choose from these articles:
Cross-Language Analysis – Kuhl et al. (1997)
Does Grammar Start Where Statistics Stop – Seidenberg et al., (2002)
Is Dutch native English? Linguistic analysis (Christophe & Morton, 1998)
The Acquisition of abstract words by young infants – Bergelson & Swingley (2013)
Slow mapping: Color word induction as a gradual inductive process – Wagner, Dobkins, & Barner (2013)

For Summary 2, please choose from these articles:
Goodrich et al.(2009): gesture and verb learning
Kinzler et al. (2007): native language of social cognition
Laing et al. (2002): Williams syndrome
Medina et al. (2011): learning words by observation
Perry et al. (2011): gender cues in child voices