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The acquisition of Swahili

Author: Kamil Ud Deen
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 2005.
Series: Language acquisition & language disorders, v. 40.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kamil Ud Deen
ISBN: 9027253005 9789027253002
OCLC Number: 61758052
Description: x, 241 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Acknowledgements; 2. List of Abbreviations; 3. 1. Setting the Scene; 4. 2. The Swahili Language: Description and theoretical analysis; 5. 3. Theories of Language Acquisition; 6. 4. Results and Evaluating Theories; 7. Appendix 1: Methodology and Related Issues; 8. Appendix 2: Statistical Properties of Adult Swahili; 9. Appendix 3: The Staging Process; 10. Appendix 4: Individual Child Data; 11. References; 12. Subject Index; 13. Index of Names
Series Title: Language acquisition & language disorders, v. 40.
Responsibility: Kamil Ud Deen.

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This monograph is the first study of the acquisition of Swahili as a first language. It focuses on the acquisition of inflectional affixes, with a particular emphasis on subject agreement and tense. Other inflectional affixes are also investigated, including object agreement and mood. The study surveys the adult dialect in question, Nairobi Swahili, discussing social, phonological, morphological and syntactic properties. Data, analyses and copious examples are presented of the naturalistic speech of four Swahili speaking children. The data are tested against six influential theories of child language, and the results show that processing and metrical theories of telegraphic speech fail to account for the observed patterns, while grammatical theories of child language fair significantly better. The data and analyses presented in this book are indispensable for linguists and psychologists interested in the acquisition of inflectional material and other cross-linguistic properties of child language.

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