Experience, Variation and Generalization

Learning a first language

| University of Haifa
| Stanford University
ISBN 9789027234773 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027285041 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
Are all children exposed to the same linguistic input, and do they follow the same route in acquisition? The answer is no: The language that children hear differs even within a social class or cultural setting, as do the paths individual children take. The linguistic signal itself is also variable, both within and across speakers - the same sound is different across words; the same speech act can be realized with different constructions. The challenge here is to explain, given their diversity of experience, how children arrive at similar generalizations about their first language. This volume brings together studies of phonology, morphology, and syntax in development, to present a new perspective on how experience and variation shape children's linguistic generalizations. The papers deal with variation in forms, learning processes, and speaker features, and assess the impact of variation on the mechanisms and outcomes of language learning.
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 7]  2011.  x, 300 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Inbal Arnon and Eve V. Clark
Part I. Extracting regularities
Toward a theory of gradual morphosyntactic learning
Matthew Rispoli and Pamela Hadley
Cues to form and function in the acquisition of German number and case inflection
Heike Behrens
Developing first contrasts in Spanish verb inflection: Usage and interaction
Cecilia Rojas-Nieto
Part II. Multiple cues in learning to communicate
A new look at redundancy in children's gesture and word combinations
Barbara F. Kelly
Learning the meaning of “um” Toddlers' developing use of speech disfluencies as cues to speakers' referential intentions
Celeste Kidd, Katherine S. White and Richard N. Aslin
Part III. Discovering units
From first words to segments: A case study in phonological development
Marilyn Vihman and Virve-Anneli Vihman
Analysis and generalization across verbs and constructions: The development of transitives and complement-clause constructions in German
Silke Brandt
Two- and three-year-olds' linguistic generalizations are prudent adaptations to the language they hear
Colin Bannard and Danielle Matthews
Units of learning in language acquisition
Inbal Arnon
Part IV. Individual differences
Causes and consequences of variability in early language learning
Anne E. Fernald and Virginia A. Marchman
Individual differences in measures of linguistic experience account for variability in the sentence processing skill of five-year-olds
Sarah E. Anderson, Thomas A. Farmer, Michael Goldstein, Jennifer Schwade and Michael J. Spivey
Genetic variation and individual differences in language
Jennifer B. Misyak and Morten H. Christiansen
Part V. Mechanisms for learning
Language as a process
William A. Croft
Memory, sleep and generalization in language acquisition
Rebecca L. Gómez
Bayesian modeling of sources of constraint in language acquisition
Amy Perfors and Elizabeth Wonnacott
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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