The Acquisition of Diminutives

A cross-linguistic perspective

| Vytautas Magnus University
| University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027253033 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027292896 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
This cross-linguistic volume innovates research of the acquisition of diminutives in the inflecting-fusional languages Lithuanian, Russian, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Spanish, German and Dutch, the agglutinating languages Turkish, Hungarian and Finnish and in the introflecting Hebrew. These languages differ in various aspects relevant for the acquisition of diminutives and the development of pragmatics in early child language. Diminutive formation often tends to be the first pattern of word formation to emerge. The main reason for this seems to lie in the pragmatic functions of endearment, empathy, and sympathy, which make diminutives particularly appropriate for child-centred communication. A main topic of this book is the relation of emergence and early development between diminutives and other categories of word formation and inflection. The greater degree of morphological productivity and transparency, as well as phonological saliency, favors the use of diminutives. In this case diminutives may facilitate the acquisition of inflection.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 43]  2007.  vi, 352 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Ineta Savickienė and Wolfgang U. Dressler
1. Form and meaning of diminutives in Lithuanian child language
Ineta Savickienė
2. Diminutives in Russian at the early stages of acquisition
Ekaterina Protassova and Maria D. Voeikova
3. The acquisition of diminutives in Croatian
Marijan Palmovic
4. Diminutives in Greek child language
Evangelia Thomadaki and Ursula Stephany
5. The role of diminutives in the acquisition of Italian morphology
Sabrina Noccetti, Anna De Marco, Livia Tonelli and Wolfgang U. Dressler
6. The acquisition of diminutives in Spanish: a useful device
Victoria Marrero, Carmen Aguirre and María José Albalá
7. A longitudinal study of the acquisition of diminutives in Dutch
Agnita Souman and Steven Gillis
8. Diminutives and hypocoristics in Austrian German (AG)
Katharina Korecky-Kröll and Wolfgang U. Dressler
9. Acquisition of diminutives in Hungarian
Péter Bodor and Virág Barcza
10. Diminutives in Finnish child-directed and child speech
Klaus Laalo
11. The (scarcity of) diminutives in Turkish child language
F. Nihan Ketrez and Ayhan Aksu-Koç
12. Acquiring diminutive structures and meanings in Hebrew: An experimental study
Anat Hora, Galit Ben-Zvi, Ronit Levie and Dorit Ravid
13. Diminutives provide multiple benefits for language acquisition
Vera Kempe, Patricia J. Brooks and Steven Gillis
Ineta Savickienė and Wolfgang U. Dressler
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