Grammaticalization and First Language Acquisition
Grammaticalization and lexicalization are at the heart of first language acquisition. Understanding how these processes begin and evolve is a major challenge for current theories and has implications for applications in teaching or clinical contexts. This volume examines the relative weight of cognitive and linguistic determinants of acquisition with particular attention to two questions. The first one concerns the origins of grammar and the processes underlying its development. Is grammatical knowledge innate or constructed by the child? Is it modular or does it interact with other capacities? How can we account for continuity and discontinuity in development? What is the role of input? Second, considerable variation is observed in lexical and grammatical development across child languages. Is the process of acquisition similar in all children or do language-specific factors impact its rhythm and course? Do typological factors determine children’s reliance on lexical or grammatical means of expression in some domains? Originally published in Language, Interaction and Acquisition - Langage, Interaction et Acquisition 2:1 (2011).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 50] 2013. v, 187 pp.
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Table of Contents
Grammaticalization and first language acquisition: Crosslinguistic perspectivesDominique Bassano-Bonhommo and Maya Hickmann | pp. 1–12
The study of early comprehension in language development: New methods, findings and issuesMichèle Kail | pp. 13–35
The acquisition of nominal determiners in French and German: A cross-linguistic perspective on the grammaticalization of nounsDominique Bassano-Bonhommo, Katharina Korecky-Kröll, Isabelle Maillochon and Wolfgang U. Dressler | pp. 37–59
Exploring patterns of adaptation in child-directed speech during the process of early grammaticalization in child languageMarijn van Dijk and Paul van Geert | pp. 61–80
Sonority, gender and the impact of suffix predictability on the acquisition of German noun pluralsSabine Laaha | pp. 81–99
The impact of typological factors in monolingual and bilingual first language acquisition: Caused motion expressions in English and FrenchAnne-Katharina Harr and Helen Engemann | pp. 101–127
Developmental perspectives on the expression of motion in speech and gesture: A comparison of French and EnglishMaya Hickmann, Henriëtte Hendriks and Marianne Gullberg | pp. 129–155
Language-specificity of motion event expressions in young Korean childrenSoonja Choi | pp. 157–184
Index | pp. 185–186
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BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General