BN.com Gift Guide

First Verbs: A Case Study of Early Grammatical Development

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $78.57
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 7%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $78.57   
  • New (4) from $78.57   
  • Used (2) from $97.36   

Overview

During the second year of his daughter's life, Michael Tomasello kept a detailed diary of her language, creating a rich database. He made a study of how she acquired her first verbs and analyzed the role that verbs played in her early grammatical development. The vast majority of the child's first multiword utterances contained verbs. These nascent sentences were almost all straightforward combinations of previously produced utterances, containing no productive syntactic devices. When she did begin to use productive syntactic devices and morphological markers, they were invariably tied to specific verbs, implying that the syntagmatic categories involved were such verb-specific categories as "thrower," "thing thrown," etc. It is hypothesized that more general syntagmatic categories await the formation of a paradigmatic category of verb, and that this in turn awaits complex sentences in which verbs are treated as mental objects by other predicates. The author argues persuasively that the child's earliest language is based on very general cognitive and social-cognitive processes, especially event structures and cultural learning. The richness of the database and the analytical tools used make First verbs a particularly useful and important book for developmental psychologists, linguists, language development researchers, and speech pathologists.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...many readers will undoubtedly find the volume illuminating..." Lynn Eubank, Studies in Second Language Acquisitions

"...a useful book for those interested in understanding the sometimes controversial claims that Tomasello proposes....[A]n excellent reference material even for those researchers who are unsympathetic to the cognitive linguistic approach." Jacqueline S. Johnson, Contemporary Psychology

"...a valuable contribution to the child-language literature because of the author's thorough analusis and his boldness in choosing solutions to conceptual problems and then marching on." Lorraine McCune, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521034517
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Cognitive Linguistics and the developmental approach 2
1.2 The importance of verbs 6
1.3 Plan of the monograph 7
2 In the beginning was the verb 9
2.1 Children's first verbs 9
2.2 Children's first sentences 20
2.3 Goals and hypotheses of the study 29
3 Methods and an introduction to T's language 30
3.1 The diary 30
3.2 Determining meaning 33
3.3 Semantic analysis of verbs 35
3.4 Syntactic analysis of sentences 38
3.5 T's earliest language 40
4 Change of state verbs and sentences 44
4.1 Presence, absence, and recurrence of objects 44
4.2 Presence, absence, and recurrence of activities 60
4.3 Exchange and possession of objects 69
4.4 Location of objects 82
4.5 Movement of objects 91
4.6 State of objects 101
5 Activity verbs and sentences 114
5.1 Activities involving objects 115
5.2 Activities not involving objects 135
6 Other grammatical structures 147
6.1 Sentences without verbs 148
6.2 Grammatical morphology 154
6.3 Complex sentences 179
6.4 Summary 185
7 The development of T's verb lexicon 187
7.1 Cognitive bases of T's early verbs 187
7.2 Contexts for early verb learning 204
7.3 Processes of early lexical development 209
7.4 Summary 219
8 The development of T's grammar 222
8.1 Constructing sentences: Symbolic integration and syntactic devices 225
8.2 Constructing a grammar: The Verb Island hypothesis 238
8.3 Processes of early grammatical development 257
8.4 Summary 262
9 Language acquisition as cultural learning 264
9.1 Summary of major findings 264
9.2 A speculation on the human capacity for language 267
9.3 Later development 271
9.4 Conclusion 273
References 275
Appendix 285
Index 371
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)