Generally my research interests are in all aspects of language development and also of cognitive development. Specifically, my recent research has focused on children's semantic and conceptual development, word learning and vocabulary acquisition, the growth of morphological knowledge, how children learn the multiple meanings of words, and the development of displaced language (i.e., language that refers to the past or the future, or to absent things, events, and situations) in mother-child conversations. Other current research interests include later language development, pragmatic development and linguistic communication, the growth of semantic memory, and the learning of figurative language (e.g., metaphors, idioms, and proverbs).
- Anglin, J. M., Ward, L., MacDonald, E., Philp, S., & White, M. (2002). The emergence of displaced language in early childhood: Scaffolding patterns in mother-child discourse. Abstract of presentation published in the proceedings of the joint conference of the International Congress for the Study of Child Language and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, Wisconsin, July 16-21, 2002, p. 195.
- Skwarchuk, S. L., & Anglin, J. M. (2002). Children's acquisition of the English cardinal number words: A special case of vocabulary development. Journal of Educational Psychology, 94(1), 107-125.
- Anglin, J. M. (2000). Book review of Nippold, Marilyn A. (1998), Later Language Development: The School-Age and Adolescent Years (2nd ed.). Austin, Texas: PRO-ED. Journal of Child Language, 27, 447-453.
- Skwarchuk, S. L., & Anglin, J. M. (1997). The expression of superordinates in children's word definitions. Journal of Educational Psychology, 89(2), 298-308.
- Anglin, J. M. (1995). Classifying the world through language: Functional relevance, cultural significance, and category name learning. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 19(2), 161-181. (Lead article in this Special Issue of IJIR on Language, Culture, and World View, edited by A.E. Fantini.)
- Johnson, C. J., & Anglin, J. M. (1995). Qualitative developments in the content and form of children's definitions. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 38, 612-629.
- Anglin, J. M. (1993). Vocabulary development: A morphological analysis. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 58(10, Serial No. 238), 1-165.
- Anglin, J. M. (1993). Knowing versus learning words. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 58(10, Serial No. 238), 176-186.
- Benson, N., & Anglin, J. M. (1987). The child's knowledge of English kin terms. First Language, 7(1), 41-66.
- Anglin, J. M. (1986). Semantic and conceptual knowledge underlying the child's words. In S. A. Kuczaj and M. D. Barrett (Eds.), The Development of Word Meaning (pp. 83-97). New York: Springer-Verlag.