Where to from here? Increasing language coverage while building a more diverse discipline
Kidd, E., & Garcia, R.
Where to from here? Increasing language coverage while building a more diverse discipline. First Language, 42
(6), 837-851. doi:10.1177/01427237221121190.
Our original target article highlighted some significant shortcomings in the current state of child language research: a large skew in our evidential base towards English and a handful of other Indo-European languages that partly has its origins in a lack of researcher diversity. In this article, we respond to the 21 commentaries on our original article. The commentaries highlighted both the importance of attention to typological features of languages and the environments and contexts in which languages are acquired, with many commentators providing concrete suggestions on how we address the data skew. In this response, we synthesise the main themes of the commentaries and make suggestions for how the field can move towards both improving data coverage and opening up to traditionally under-represented researchers.
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