First Verbs: A Case Study of Early Grammatical Developmentby Michael Tomasello
Pub. Date: 10/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
First Verbs is a detailed diary study of one child's earliest language development during her second year of life. Using a Cognitive Linguistics framework, the author focuses on how his daughter acquired her first verbs, and the role verbs played in her early grammatical development. The author argues that many of a child's first grammatical structures are tied to individual verbs, and that earliest language is based on general cognitive and social-cognitive processes, especially event structures and cultural learning.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. In the beginning was the verb; 3. Methods and an introduction to T's language; 4. Change of state verbs and sentences; 5. Activity verbs and sentences; 6. Other grammatical structures; 7. The development of T's verb lexicon; 8. The development of T's grammar; 9. Language acquisition as cultural learning; References; Appendix; Index.
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