Child Language and Developmental Dysphasia

Linguistic studies of the acquisition of German

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The subject of this two part work is the acquisition of language structure in which the development of syntax and morphology is examined by investigations on children without language problems and on children with developmental dysphasia. The author uses a comparative acquisition study to provide insights into the structure and development of the language acquisition device, which cannot be obtained by isolated analysis of only one type of learning. The theoretical framework used for the investigations is the learnability theory, in which acquisition models are proposed which are heavily influenced by theoretical linguistics. Part I shows how child grammar acquisition can be explained in the framework of learnability theory and Part II deals with deficiencies in normal grammar acquisition using the learnability theory.
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Table of Contents
Preface
v
Introduction
1
Part I: First Language Acquisition
1. Theoretical approaches in language acquisition research
7
1.1 The functionalist approach
8
1.2 The theory of Operating Principles
12
1.3 Learnability theory
19
2. Early child grammars
35
2.1 Some features of Stage I in German child language
38
2.2 A phrase structure grammar for phase II
43
2.3 Learnability considerations on syntactic categorisation
47
2.4 Parameter theory and the acquisition of word order
53
3. The grammar of a three year-old
67
3.1 Some features of phase IV in German child language
67
3.2 Syntactic structures in phase IV
74
3.3 Learning mechanisms for inflectional elements
76
Part II: Developmental Dysphasia
4. Grammar acquisition and dysphasia (with particular reference to the research situation in West Germany)
101
4.1 Linguistic features
103
4.2 Psycholinguistic aspects
108
4.3 Aims and basic hypotheses
111
4.4 On the design of the empirical investigation
116
5. Grammatical units
127
5.1 Nominal elements and the structure of the noun phrase
127
5.2 Adverbial elements and prepositional phrases
135
5.3 Verbal elements
139
5.4 Conjunctions
145
6. Selected areas of the inflectional system
153
6.1 Case markings
153
6.2 Verb inflection
165
7. Word order
187
7.1 Verb placement
188
7.2 Argument order
210
7.3 The position of the negator
215
8. Learnability theory and the acquisition of grammar
223
8.1 Child language development
223
8.2 Developmental dysphasia
226
9. Appendix
235
9.1 Profile charts
236
9.2 Transcripts
253
Bibliography
337
Index
345
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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