Jean Berko Gleason


Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology, Boston University


Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics,(Program Director 1982-85)


Research Fellow, Department of Cognitive and NeuralSystems, BU

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Current Affiliations

1994-present: Research Fellow, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University.

Research Interests

Lexical development, aphasia, developmental sociolinguistics

Recent Publications

Gleason, J. Berko (In press). Regularization. In: Patrick Colm Hogan
(Ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences.
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Gleason, J. Berko & Ratner, Nan Bernstein (Eds.) (2009). The
Development of Language, 7th Edition. Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

Gleason, J. Berko, Ely, R., Phillips, B., & Zaretsky, E. (2009).
Alligators all around: The acquisition of animal terms in English and
Russian. In D. Guo & E. Lieven (Eds.) Crosslinguistic Approaches to
the Psychology of Language: Research in the Tradition of Dan Isaac
Slobin. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Ely, R., & Gleason, J. Berko. (2006). I’m sorry I said that: Apologies
in young children’s discourse. Journal of Child Language, 33, 599-620.

Harris, C. H., Gleason, J. Berko & Aycicegi, A. (2006). When is a
first language more emotional? Psychophysiological evidence from
bilingual speakers. In A. Pavlenko (Ed.)  Bilingual minds: Emotional
experience, expression, and representation.  Clevedon, UK: Multilingual
Matters, 257-283.

Gleason, J. Berko & Ely, R. (2005). Gender differences in language
development: Interactional effects. In B. Bokus, (Ed.)  Studies in
the Psychology of Child Language (in Honor of Grace Wales Shugar)
Warsaw: Matrix, 249-263.

Berko, J. (2004). The Child’s Learning of English Morphology.
Reprinted in B. Lust & C. Foley (Eds.) First Language Acquisition: The
Essential Readings. Oxford: Blackwell,

Harris, C.H., Aycicegi, A., & Gleason, J. Berko (2003). Taboo Words
and Reprimands Elicit Greater Autonomic Reactivity in a First than in a
Second Language. Applied Psycholinguistics, 24, 561-579.

Bernstein Ratner, Nan & Gleason, J. Berko (2003). Psycholinguistics. In
G. Adelman & B. H. Smith (Eds). Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3rd
edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science (CD-ROM).

Gleason, J. Berko ( 2003). Language Acquisition: Is it Like Learning to
Walk, or Learning to Play the Piano? Contemporary Psychology, 48, 2,

Gleason, J. Berko & Thompson, R. B. (2002). Out of the Baby Book and
into the Computer: Child Language Research Comes of Age. Contemporary
Psychology, APA Review of Books, 47, 4, 391-394.

Ely, R., Gleason, J. Berko, MacGibbon, A., & Zaretsky, E. (2001).
Attention to Language: Lessons Learned at the Dinner Table. Social
Development, 10, 3, 355-373.

Gleason, J. Berko & Zaretsky, E. (2001). Language Acquisition.
Encyclopedia of Communication and Information. New York: Macmillan

Thompson, R. B., & Gleason, J. Berko (2001). Review of D. Crystal,
Language Death, Applied Psycholinguistics, 22, 2, 263-273.

Gleason, J. Berko & Ely, R. (2001) Gender Differences in Language
Development. In
A. V. McGillicuddy-De Lisi & R. De Lisi (Eds.), Biology, society, and
behavior: The development of sex differences in cognition. Greenwich,
CT: Ablex, 127-154.

Goodglass, H., Wingfield, A., Hyde, M. R., Gleason, J. Berko, & Ward,
S. E. (2001). Aphasics’ access to nouns and verbs: Discourse Vs.
confrontation naming. Brain and Language, 79, 1, 148-150.