The Acquisition of Swahili

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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.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 40]  2005.  xiv, 241 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi
List of Abbreviations
xiii
1. Setting the Scene
1–29
2. The Swahili Language: Description and theoretical analysis
31–97
3. Theories of Language Acquisition
99–138
4. Results and Evaluating Theories
139–200
Appendix 1: Methodology and Related Issues
201–206
Appendix 2: Statistical Properties of Adult Swahili
207–208
Appendix 3: The Staging Process
209–218
Appendix 4: Individual Child Data
219–220
References
221–234
Subject Index
235–238
Index of Names
239–241
“This book contains the first comprehensive examination of how verbal morphology is acquired in a Bantu language, providing a theoretically exciting and timely contribution to the literature.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2005053684