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Narratives from the Crib

Narratives from the Crib

With a New Foreword by Emily Oster, the Child in the Crib

Edited by Katherine Nelson

ISBN 9780674023635

Publication date: 09/30/2006

This classic psychological case study focuses on one talkative child’s emerging ability to use language, her capacity for understanding, for imagining, and for making inferences and solving problems. In wide-ranging essays, scholars offer multifaceted linguistic and psychological analyses of two-year-old Emily’s bedtime conversations with her parents and pre-sleep monologues, taped over a fifteen-month period. In a foreword written for this new edition, Emily, now an adult, reflects on the experience of having been a research subject without knowing it.


  • This book is intriguing for several reasons... In the present collection, full advantage has been taken of the richness of the source material through analyses carried out by researchers who have widely differing interests: cognitive, linguistic, social, psychoanalytic... I would recommend Narratives from the Crib to anyone interested in the study of early development in the related areas of language and cognition.

    —Sandra Bochner, Educational Psychology


  • Katherine Nelson is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emerita, at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Book Details

  • 368 pages
  • 0-7/8 x 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press
  • Foreword by Emily Oster