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Development of Verb Inflection in First Language Acquisition: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Development of Verb Inflection in First Language Acquisition: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective


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The volume deals with the emergence of verb morphology in children during their second and early third year of life from a cross-linguistic perspective. It covers 15 contributions - each analyzing one single language - based on parallel longitudinal investigations of children with parallel methodology and macrostructure in representation. The main question addressed is: How do children detect morphology and construct first subsystems of verbal inflection? The focus lies on the transition from a premorphological phase to a protomorphological phase. The main proposal consists in the concept of miniparadigms and of their relation to morpho-syntactic developments in early first language acquisition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110178234
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 06/19/2003
Series: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] Series , #21
Edition description: Reprint 2011
Pages: 461
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Dagmar Bittner, Wolfgang U. Dressler, and Marianne Kilani-Schoch

Early verb development in one Spanish-speaking child
Carmen Aguirre

Early verbal morphology in Turkish: Emergence of inflections
Ayhan Aksu-Koç and F. Nihan Ketrez

The emergence of verb inflection in two German-speaking children
Dagmar Bittner

Early phases in the development of Greek verb inflection
Anastasia Christofidou and Ursula Stephany

The early verb development and demarcation of stages in three Russian-speaking children
Natalia Gargarina

A case study of the early acquisition of verbs in Dutch
Steven Gillis

Early development of verbal morphology in an English-speaking child
Insa Gülzow

Early verb development in one Croatian-speaking child
Antigone Katičič

Early verb inflection in French: An investigation of two corpora
Marianne Kilani-Schoch

Emergence of verb paradigms in one Austrian child
Sabine Klampfer

Early verb developmentin Finnish: A preliminary approach to miniparadigms
Klaus Laalo

Acquisition of verb morphology in Italian: A case study
Sabrina Noccetti

Early acquisition of the verbal complex Yucatec Maya
Barbara Pfeiler

Early verb inflection in Lithuanian
Pawel Wójcik

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