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The Acquisition of Complex Sentences
     

The Acquisition of Complex Sentences

by Holger Diessel
 

ISBN-10: 0521831938

ISBN-13: 9780521831932

Pub. Date: 08/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This comprehensive account of how children acquire complex sentences investigates spontaneous speech in English-speaking children between ages two and five. After examining the acquisition of numerous types of clauses, Holger Diessel argues that the acquisition process is determined by a variety of factors: the frequency of the various complex sentences in the

Overview

This comprehensive account of how children acquire complex sentences investigates spontaneous speech in English-speaking children between ages two and five. After examining the acquisition of numerous types of clauses, Holger Diessel argues that the acquisition process is determined by a variety of factors: the frequency of the various complex sentences in the language, the complexity of the emerging constructions, the communicative functions of complex sentences, and the child's social-cognitive development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521831932
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #105
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. A dynamic network model of grammatical constructions; 3. Towards a definition of complex sentences and subordinate clauses; 4. Infinitival and participial complement constructions; 5. Complement clauses; 6. Relative clauses; 7. Adverbial and co-ordinate clauses; 8. Conclusion.

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