Corpora in Language Acquisition Research

History, methods, perspectives

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Corpus research forms the backbone of research on children's language development. Leading researchers in the field present a survey on the history of data collection, different types of data, and the treatment of methodological problems. Morphologically and syntactically parsed corpora allow for the concise explorations of formal phenomena, the quick retrieval of errors, and reliability checks. New probabilistic and connectionist computations investigate how children integrate the multiple sources of information available in the input, and new statistical methods compute rates of acquisition as well as error rates dependent on sample size. Sample analyses show how multi-modal corpora are used to investigate the interaction of discourse and linguistic structure, how cross-linguistic generalizations for acquisition can be formulated and tested, and how individual variation can be explored. Finally, ways in which corpus research interacts with computational linguistics and experimental research are presented.
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 6]  2008.  xxx, 234 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
vii–viii
Preface
ix–x
Corpora in language acquisition research: History, methods, perspectives
Heike Behrens
xi–xxx
How big is big enough? Assessing the reliability of data from naturalistic samples
Caroline F. Rowland, Sarah L. Fletcher and Daniel Freudenthal
1–24
Core morphology in child directed speech: Crosslinguistic corpus analyses of noun plurals
Dorit Ravid, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Bracha Nir, Katharina Korecky-Kröll, Agnita Souman, Katja Rehfeldt, Sabine Laaha, Johannes Bertl, Hans Basbøll and Steven Gillis
25–60
Learning the English auxiliary: A usage-based approach
Elena Lieven
61–98
Using corpora to examine discourse effects in syntax
Shanley E.M. Allen, Barbora Skarabela and Mary Hughes
99–137
Integration of multiple probabilistic cues in syntax acquisition
Padraic Monaghan and Morten H. Christiansen
139–163
Enriching CHILDES for morphosyntactic analysis
Brian MacWhinney
165–197
Exploiting corpora for language acquisition research
Katherine Demuth
199–205
References
207–229
Index
231–234
“As already stated, this volume is aimed at a fairly narrow audience and the quality of the work presented should make it a valuable resource for this intended audience. Apart from very infrequent and insignificant spelling errors all papers are well written and researched. I would have preferred to have reference sections at the end of each chapter as opposed to one general reference section for the entire volume. I am also somewhat concerned about the fact that virtually all authors defend 'usage based' models of acquisition and believe that the inclusion of at least one or two chapters defending an opposing view (UG) might have resulted in a book that better reflects the still existing diversity of language acquisition views and engages the dialogue with proponents of such views. But this does not diminish the quality of the work presented and I would recommend the volume without hesitation.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008002769