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Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory : a Comparative Analysis of French and English Child Grammars

Author: Amy E Pierce
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1992.
Series: Studies in theoretical psycholinguistics, 14.
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The theory of language acquisition is a young but increasingly active field. Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory presents one of the first detailed studies of comparative syntax acquisition. It is informed by the view that linguists and acquisitionists are essentially working on the same problem, that of explaining grammar learnability. The author takes cross-linguistic data from child language as evidence for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amy E Pierce
ISBN: 9789401125741 9401125740
OCLC Number: 851370720
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 175 pages).
Contents: 1: Language Acquisition and Syntactic Theory --
1.1 Introduction --
1.2 Theoretical background --
1.3 A methodological note --
Notes --
2: Word Order --
2.1 Word order in the early grammar of English --
2.2 Postverbal subjects in the early grammar of French --
2.3 Case assignment --
2.4 Summary --
Notes --
3: Negation --
3.1 Negation in English child language --
3.2 Negation in French child language --
3.3 Comparative summary --
Notes --
4: Inflectional Affixation --
4.1 The acquisition of verbal inftection in English --
4.2 The acquisition of verbal inftection in French --
Notes --
5: Pronominal Subjects --
5.1 Background issues --
5.2 Subject pronouns in French child language --
5.3 A comparative look at the English data --
Notes --
6: Null Subjects --
6.1 Null subjects in French child language --
6.2 A comparative look at English acquisition --
6.3 Null subjects over the course of acquisition --
Notes --
7: Language Change --
7.1 Change and acquisition in French --
7.2 Change and acquisition in English --
Notes --
8: A Comparative Look at Spanish Acquisition --
8.1 Word order --
8.2 Negation --
8.3 Inftectional affixation --
8.4 Subject pronouns --
Notes --
9: Conclusion --
References --
Index of Names --
Index of Subjects.
Series Title: Studies in theoretical psycholinguistics, 14.
Responsibility: by Amy E. Pierce.

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