The Acquisition of the DP in Modern Greek

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This book offers new data on the acquisition of functional categories in early child speech. Based on longitudinal corpora of five children acquiring Modern Greek as their first language, it describes the development of single DPs consisting of definite and indefinite articles, complex DPs that require the use of multiple definite articles — possessive constructions, appositive constructions and Determiner Spreading, a form of adjectival modification — and number and case marking in nouns and definite articles. Detailed quantitative and qualitative analyses show an incremental development of the DP. The findings address the debate concerning maturation versus continuity. Incremental acquisition of the DP argues in favour of a weak continuity approach to language acquisition. Whilst gradual acquisition of the DP remains unexplained within the Principles and Parameters Theory, it is fully compatible within Minimalism, as it is argued to result from the gradual acquisition of the features associated with the Greek DP.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 31]  2003.  xiv, 261 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Preface
xi
Abbreviations
xiii
1. Acquisition theories and the acquisition of the DP
1–34
2. Methodology
35–54
3. The DP in Modern Greek
55–83
4. Acquiring the DP in MG
85–138
5. The acquisition of the possessive construction
139–164
6. The acquisition of Determiner Spreading
165–190
7. The acquisition of appositive constructions involving kinship terms and proper names
191–214
8. Summary and conclusion
215–225
References
227–237
Appendix 1
239–246
Appendix 2
247–253
Index
255–259
“The book will no doubt be a worthwhile read for anyone interested in analyses of the DP as well as of the acquisition of the DP in general and the MG in particular.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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