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The Acquisition of Verbs and their Grammar:

The Effect of Particular Languages
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, Band 33

von: Natalia Gagarina, Insa Gülzow

63,06 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.07.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9781402043352
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 352

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This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar. The selection of papers brings to researchers and in particular psycholinguists empirical evidence from a wide variety of languages from Hebrew, through English to Estonian. The authors interpret their findings with a focus on cross-linguistic similarities and differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or usage-based approach.
language-specific competence within the acquisitional process. Together with the focus on acquisition of the verb and its grammar research in this domain provides a fruitful basis for discussion. The maturation model of language acquisition assumes that UG becomes the language specific grammar over time and that UG is entirely available only up until the time when the native language has been completely acquired (cf. Atkinson 1992, Wexler 1999). Constructivist models that may also be opposed to theories of UG alongside with the usage- based approaches m- tioned above mostly elaborate on the early acquisition of spatial relations (e. g. Bowerman and Choi 2001, Sinha et al. 1999); however, two main hy- theses of this approach – a holistic view of universal spatial cognition and the language specific acquisition hypothesis are beyond the main scope – of this book. The book presents original contributions based on analyses of naturalistic data from eleven languages: Croatian, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Hebrew, Jakarta Indonesian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Three of the contributions make cross-linguistic comparisons – between English and Russian; English, German and Spanish; and German, Croatian and English. All papers in the volume investigate first language acquisition and one paper studies both first and second language acquisition.
Introduction - Natalia Gagarina and Insa Gülzow Part 1: Language-specific impact on the acquisition of Hebrew
Acquisition of Verb-Argument Structure in a Developmental Perspective: Evidence from Child Hebrew - Sigal Uziel-Karl
Subject Use and the Acquisition of Verbal Agreement in Hebrew - Sharon Armon-Lotem Part 2: Language-specific variation in the development of predication and verb semantics
Strategies in the L1-Acquisition of Predication: The Copula Construction in German and Croatian - Christine Czinglar et al.
Why Not All Verbs Are Learned Equally - Natsuko Tsujimura Part 3: Stages and the role of semantic bootstrapping in the acquisition of the verb and its grammar
Dynamic Event Words, Motion Events and the Transition to Verb Meanings - Ellen Herr-Israel and Lorraine McCune
The Early Stages of Verb Acquisition in English, German and Spanish - David Ingram et al.
Finiteness in Children and Adults Learning Dutch - Peter Jordens and Christine Dimroth Part 4: Language-specific variation and the role of frequency
The Acquisition of Voice Morphology in Jakarta Indonesian - David Gil
Analytical and Synthetic Verb Constructions in Russian and English Child Language - Insa Gülzow and Natalia Gagarina Part 5: Language-specific and learner-specific peculiarities in the development of the verb and its grammar
The Acquisition of Verbal Inflection in Estonian - Marilyn May Vihman and Maigi Vija
Grammatical Role of French First Verbs - Claire Martinot
Speaker and Hearer Reference in Russian Speaking Children - Dorota Kiebzak-Mandera
This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar. The selection of papers gives empirical evidence from a wide variety of languages including Hebrew, German, Croatian, Japanese, English, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Estonian, Russian and French. Findings are interpreted with a focus on cross-linguistic similarities and differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or usage-based approach. Currently debated topics, such as the role of frequency, as well as traditional ones such as bootstrapping are integrated into the presentation of language-specific, learner-specific and more general properties of the acquisition process. The papers are united by their focus on discovering what determines rule-governed behavior in language learners who are coming to terms with the grammar of verbs.
Offers empirical evidence from a large variety of languages The empirical evidence is discussed without subscribing to one of the two main theoretical perspectives Topics discussed include: the language effect, the impact of frequency on the acquisition of verbs

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