The Acquisition of Diminutives

A cross-linguistic perspective

Editors
| Vytautas Magnus University
| University of Vienna
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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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Ineta Savickienė and Wolfgang U. Dressler
1–12
1. Form and meaning of diminutives in Lithuanian child language
Ineta Savickienė
13–41
2. Diminutives in Russian at the early stages of acquisition
Ekaterina Protassova and Maria D. Voeikova
43–72
3. The acquisition of diminutives in Croatian
Marijan Palmovic
73–88
4. Diminutives in Greek child language
Evangelia Thomadaki and Ursula Stephany
89–123
5. The role of diminutives in the acquisition of Italian morphology
Sabrina Noccetti, Anna De Marco, Livia Tonelli and Wolfgang U. Dressler
125–153
6. The acquisition of diminutives in Spanish: a useful device
Victoria Marrero, Carmen Aguirre and María José Albalá
155–181
7. A longitudinal study of the acquisition of diminutives in Dutch
Agnita Souman and Steven Gillis
183–206
8. Diminutives and hypocoristics in Austrian German (AG)
Katharina Korecky-Kröll and Wolfgang U. Dressler
207–230
9. Acquisition of diminutives in Hungarian
Péter Bodor and Virág Barcza
231–262
10. Diminutives in Finnish child-directed and child speech
Klaus Laalo
263–278
11. The (scarcity of) diminutives in Turkish child language
F. Nihan Ketrez and Ayhan Aksu-Koç
279–293
12. Acquiring diminutive structures and meanings in Hebrew: An experimental study
Anat Hora, Galit Ben-Zvi, Ronit Levie and Dorit Ravid
295–317
13. Diminutives provide multiple benefits for language acquisition
Vera Kempe, Patricia J. Brooks and Steven Gillis
319–342
Conclusions
Ineta Savickienė and Wolfgang U. Dressler
343–349
Subject index
351–352
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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