Information Structure and the Dynamics of Language Acquisition

| Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen
| University of Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027241375 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781588114129 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027296436 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
The papers in this volume focus on the impact of information structure on language acquisition, thereby taking different linguistic approaches into account. They start from an empirical point of view, and examine data from natural first and second language acquisition, which cover a wide range of varieties, from early learner language to native speaker production and from gesture to Creole prototypes. The central theme is the interplay between principles of information structure and linguistic structure and its impact on the functioning and development of the learner's system. The papers examine language-internal explanatory factors and in particular the communicative and structural forces that push and shape the acquisition process, and its outcome. On the theoretical level, the approach adopted appeals both to formal and communicative constraints on a learner’s language in use. Two empirical domains provide a 'testing ground' for the respective weight of grammatical versus functional determinants in the acquisition process: (1) the expression of finiteness and scope relations at the utterance level and (2) the expression of anaphoric relations at the discourse level.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 26]  2003.  vi, 361 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
I. Finiteness and scope relations
Development of verb morphology and finiteness in children and adults acquiring French
Suzanne Schlyter
“Tinkering” with chunks: Form-oriented strategies and idiosyncratic utterance patterns without functional implications in the IL of Turkish speaking children learning German
Stefanie Haberzettl
Finiteness in Germanic languages: A stage-model for first and second language development
Christine Dimroth, Petra Gretsch, Peter Jordens, Clive Perdue and Marianne Starren
On the similarities of L1 and L2 acquisition: How German children anchor utterances in time
Petra Gretsch
Negation and relational predicates in French and English as second languages
Patrizia Giuliano
The copula in learner Italian: Finiteness and verbal inflection
Giuliano Bernini
The interaction between the development of verb morphology and the acquisition of temporal adverbs of contrast: A longitudinal study in French, English and German L2
Sandra Benazzo
Merging scope particles: Word order variation and the acquisition of aussi and ook in a bilingual context
Aafke Hulk
Creole prototypes as basic varieties and inflectional morphology
Angelika Becker and Tonjes Veenstra
II. Anaphoric relations
Information structure in narratives and the role of grammaticised knowledge: A study of adult French and German learners of English
Mary Carroll and Monique Lambert
Acquiring the linkage between syntactic, semantic and informational roles in narratives by Spanish learners of German
Jorge Murcia-Serra
Gestures, referents, and anaphoric linkage in learner varieties
Marianne Gullberg
The development of anaphoric means to refer to space and entities in the acquisition of French by Polish learners
Marzena Watorek
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFDM – Bilingualism & multilingualism
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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