Article published in:Hispanic Child Languages: Typical and impaired development
Edited by John Grinstead
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 50] 2009
► pp. 143–174
Cut and paste in early complex sentences
This paper presents early complex constructions with querer ‘want’ produced by a young Mexican Spanish-speaking child. It argues that constructions in the complement position, regardless their infinitive or subjunctive marking, result from simple cut and paste operations and do not involve any complex syntactic operations. Crucial for this proposal is the fact that these marked constructions have an independent exposition before they get into any combination, and the frequent and distributed occurrence of anomalous two-predicate combinations that result from the adjunction of unrestricted constructions from the child’s construction inventory. A functional-pragmatic motivation is proposed. Evidence is interpreted within the Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition (Tomasello 2003), taking into account recent work on child’s early complex constructions (Diessel & Tomasello 2005; Givón 2007, 2008).
Published online: 22 October 2009
Cited by 4 other publications
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