The Acquisition of Complex Morphology

Insights from Murrinhpatha

| University of Melbourne / OLSH Thamarrurr Catholic College
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ISBN 9789027210111 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
 
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Many theories of language acquisition struggle to account for the morphological complexity and diversity of the world’s languages. This book examines the acquisition of complex morphology of Murrinhpatha, a polysynthetic language of Northern Australia. It considers semi-naturalistic data from five children (1;9-6;1) collected over a two-year period. Analysis of the Murrinhpatha data is focused on the acquisition of polysynthetic verb constructions, large irregular inflectional paradigms, and bipartite stem verbs, which all pose interesting challenges to the learner, as well as to theories of language acquisition. The book argues that morphological complexity, which broadly includes factors such as transparency, predictability/regularity, richness, type/token frequency and productivity, must become central to our understanding of morphological acquisition. It seeks to understand how acquisition is impacted by differences in morphological systems and by the ways in which children and their interlocutors use these systems.
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 30]  Expected December 2021.  xvi, 170 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
List of tables
ix–x
List of figures
xi
Abbreviations
xiii–xiv
Acknowledgements
xv–xvi
Chapter 1. Setting the scene
2–9
Chapter 2. Grammatical background
12–28
Chapter 3. Acquisition of verbs and verb morphology
30–48
Chapter 4. Methodology
50–56
Chapter 5. Early verbs
58–79
Chapter 6. Acquisition of classifier stem paradigms
82–105
Chapter 7. Acquisition of bipartite stem verbs
108–129
Chapter 8. Discussion
132–139
References
155–170
Appendix. Murrinhpatha classifier stem paradigms
142–153
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009020 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Morphology
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