Asociación para el Estudio de la Adquisición del Lenguaje

top image






La Asociación para el Estudio de la Adquisición del Lenguaje es una asociación científica sin ánimo de lucro constituida el 18 de Noviembre de 2005. Entre sus actividades destaca la realización periódica de “congresos científicos sobre la adquisición y el desarrollo del lenguaje”.


6 de septiembre de 2018


Katherine Nelson, a pioneering scholar of the development of language and cognition in children, died at home on August 10, 2018.
 Katherine Nelson’s research career shed new light on the role of language in the development of cognition. Her early research examined differences in how children organized word recall; later work also focused on scripts and autobiographical memory as critical domains. Throughout her work, Katherine emphasized the social context of experience as well as individual stylistic differences among children on developing capacities for language and thought.  Her work illuminates the complex interactions among experience, environment, and language in cognitive development.
 Katherine grew up in a home infused with the common-sense spirit of the Swedish-Minnesotan heritage of her parents.  She was the youngest of three children.  Raised during the Great Depression and World War II mostly in Arlington, Virginia (with a stint in dust bowl-era Nebraska), she recalled her father regularly asking the children at the dinner table to report on what they had done for their country that day.
 Katherine studied History at Oberlin College. In her senior year she met and fell in love with fellow student Richard (Dick) Nelson; they were married shortly after graduation in September 1952. For a decade Katherine’s activities were determined by Dick Nelson’s academic career. In that period they lived in New Haven, Cambridge, Oberlin, Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, and Washington, DC.  Two daughters (Margo, born 1958 and Laura born 1961) joined them along the way.
 In 1963 the family returned to Santa Monica, and Katherine determined that she would earn a graduate degree in child development at UCLA, initially with the goal of becoming a school psychologist. When she first approached them, UCLA’s Department of Psychology refused to consider her for graduate study, as she did not have the appropriate undergraduate preparation and, moreover, as an older (33-year-old) woman, she was thought to be unlikely to become an important scholar. She spent a year proving her worth in pre-requisite classes and she scored in the top ranks on the GRE; nevertheless she had to argue with the Department, challenging the sexism of the period, to gain entry into their program. Once admitted, she dove into graduate studies, and quickly established herself as an innovative and capable researcher. Her doctoral dissertation on organization and categorization in young children’s word recall required novel work in experimental design and analysis; this study and her extensions of it were influential in the field of children’s language and cognition.
 She worked at Yale University from 1968-1978, first as a Post Doctoral Fellow and later as a member of the faculty. While at Yale her research evolved to focus on real world experiential effects on children’s language and cognition, as well as on the role of autobiographical memory in the formation of meaning and concepts. 
 In 1978 Katherine Nelson joined the faculty of the City University of New York as Head of the Program in Developmental Psychology.  She was named Distinguished Professor there in 1986. At CUNY she enjoyed the close community of faculty and graduate students, and found the project of mentoring the diverse group of students highly rewarding. She continued to collaborate with several of her former students throughout the decades. She argued for the importance of the social in cognitive and language development in her book Making Sense: The Acquisition of Shared Meaning (Academic Press 1985), and for the interdependency of language and cognitive development in Language in Cognitive Development: Emergence of the Mediated Mind(Cambridge 1998). While at CUNY, one of her most exciting collaborative projects involved the analysis, along with several colleagues, of recordings taken of one young child’s “crib talk,” known informally as “the Emily tapes.” This material resulted in the book, Narratives from the Crib (Harvard 2006). 
 After retirement from active teaching, Katherine continued to write and lecture internationally.  Her book Young Minds in Social Worlds: Experience, Meaning, and Memory (Harvard 2007) earned the prize for Most Important Developmental Psychology Book of the Year from Division 7 of the APA in 2008. 
 Katherine Nelson was a longtime Fellow of the American Psychological Association (and served a term as President of Division 7, the Developmental Psychology Division), the Jean Piaget Society, the Association for Psychological Science, and she served on the Executive Council of the SRCD. Her work was recognized with several distinguished awards, including  the 1999 SRCD award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development; the 2008 G. Stanley Hall award from Division 7 of the APA for a distinguished lifetime career; and the Jean Piaget Society’s award for “distinguished lifetime contributions to developmental psychology”  in 2017. 

Judith Becker Bryant, Ph.D

14 de mayo de 2018

Nuevo formulario para proponer actividades de AEAL.


9 de enero de 2018



Con profunda tristeza os comunico el fallecimiento este 8 de enero de 2018 en Pamplona de nuestra querida compañera y amiga Mª Ángeles Mayor Cinca, profesora de la Universidad de Salamanca.

Mª Ángeles era una persona brillante y comprometida social y académicamente y así la recuerdo desde los tiempos estudiantiles en la Facultad de Psicología y en las Escuelas de Logopedia y Psicología del Lenguaje de la Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. Fue precursora de los estudios de Adquisición del Lenguaje en Salamanca y uno de los pilares fundamentales de la AEAL, que se empezó a gestar en el “IV Congreso Internacional sobre la Adquisición de las Lenguas del Estado”, celebrado en Salamanca bajo su presidencia y que muchos de vosotros recordaréis gratamente.

En su excelente trayectoria, Mª Ángeles supo compaginar la enseñanza y la investigación del desarrollo cognitivo y lingüístico, la evaluación del lenguaje y la intervención, con una especial dedicación a los programas educativos de iniciación a la lectura, en lo que ella era un referente para nuestra Asociación. Fue Presidenta de la Junta de Personal Docente e Investigador, directora del Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación y del Máster Universitario en Estudios Avanzados sobre el Lenguaje, la Comunicación y sus Patologías.

Mª Ángeles era una persona muy querida en Salamanca por su implicación en la vida universitaria, social y cultural, al tiempo que mantenía firmes sus raíces pamplonicas. Nos ha dejado un precioso legado de humanidad con su ejemplo de dedicación al trabajo y su generosa amistad. Quiero dejar constancia de la inmensa gratitud debida a Mª Ángeles y de nuestras sentidas condolencias a sus familiares, amigos y compañeros.

Descansa en Paz
Atseden Bakean
Descansa en Pau
Rest in Peace
Descansa en Paz

Eliseo Diez Itza, Presidente de AEAL