Child Language and Developmental Dysphasia

Linguistic studies of the acquisition of German

| University of Düsseldorf
ISBN 9789027243324 (Eur) | EUR 125.00
ISBN 9781556193880 (USA) | USD 188.00
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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
Part I: First Language Acquisition
1. Theoretical approaches in language acquisition research
1.1 The functionalist approach
1.2 The theory of Operating Principles
1.3 Learnability theory
2. Early child grammars
2.1 Some features of Stage I in German child language
2.2 A phrase structure grammar for phase II
2.3 Learnability considerations on syntactic categorisation
2.4 Parameter theory and the acquisition of word order
3. The grammar of a three year-old
3.1 Some features of phase IV in German child language
3.2 Syntactic structures in phase IV
3.3 Learning mechanisms for inflectional elements
Part II: Developmental Dysphasia
4. Grammar acquisition and dysphasia (with particular reference to the research situation in West Germany)
4.1 Linguistic features
4.2 Psycholinguistic aspects
4.3 Aims and basic hypotheses
4.4 On the design of the empirical investigation
5. Grammatical units
5.1 Nominal elements and the structure of the noun phrase
5.2 Adverbial elements and prepositional phrases
5.3 Verbal elements
5.4 Conjunctions
6. Selected areas of the inflectional system
6.1 Case markings
6.2 Verb inflection
7. Word order
7.1 Verb placement
7.2 Argument order
7.3 The position of the negator
8. Learnability theory and the acquisition of grammar
8.1 Child language development
8.2 Developmental dysphasia
9. Appendix
9.1 Profile charts
9.2 Transcripts
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