The Acquisition of Ergativity

| La Trobe University
| University of Zurich
ISBN 9789027234797 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027271235 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Ergativity is one of the main challenges both for linguistic and acquisition theories. This book is unique, taking a cross-linguistic approach to the acquisition of ergativity in a large variety of typologically distinct languages. The chapters cover languages from different families and from different geographic areas with different expressions of ergativity. Each chapter includes a description of ergativity in the language(s), the nature of the input, the social context of acquisition and developmental patterns. Comparisons of the acquisition process across closely related languages are made, change in progress of the ergative systems is discussed and, for one language, acquisition by bilingual and monolingual children is compared. The volume will be of particular interest to language acquisition researchers, linguists, psycholinguists and cognitive scientists.
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 9]  2013.  v, 341 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The acquisition of ergativity
Sabine Stoll and Edith L. Bavin
Ergativity: Some recurrent themes
Bernard Comrie
Ergativity in child Basque
Jennifer R. Austin
The acquisition of ergativity in Inuktitut
Shanley E.M. Allen
The acquisition of ergative case in Warlpiri
Edith L. Bavin
The acquisition of ergative marking in Kaluli, Ku Waru and Duna (Trans New Guinea)
Alan Rumsey, Lila San Roque and Bambi B. Schieffelin
The acquisition of ergative case in Chintang
Sabine Stoll and Balthasar Bickel
Ergative case-marking in Hindi child-caregiver speech
Bhuvana Narasimhan
The acquisition of split-ergative case marking in Kurmanji Kurdish
Laura J. Mahalingappa
The acquisition of agreement in four 
Mayan languages
Penelope Brown, Barbara Pfeiler, Lourdes de León and Clifton Pye
The acquisition of extended ergativity in Mam, Q’anjob’al and Yucatec
Clifton Pye, Barbara Pfeiler and Pedro Mateo Pedro
“This important and path-breaking book will be a treat for researchers who work on ergativity. And psychologists who find it difficult to imagine alternative universes will be taken on a voyage of discovery, led by skilled guides. Prevailing acquisition models are challenged by the diversity of ergative systems. This book presents the diversity clearly enough to stimulate new thinking about child language, as well as linguistic universals.”
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Montrul, Silvina, Archna Bhatia, Rakesh Bhatt & Vandana Puri
2019. Case Marking in Hindi as the Weaker Language. Frontiers in Psychology 10 Crossref logo
Norcliffe, Elisabeth, Alice C. Harris & T. Florian Jaeger
2015. Cross-linguistic psycholinguistics and its critical role in theory development: early beginnings and recent advances. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 30:9  pp. 1009 ff. Crossref logo
Pereltsvaig, Asya
2020.  In Languages of the World, Crossref logo
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2021. Documenting the acquisition of indigenous languages. Journal of Child Language 48:3  pp. 454 ff. Crossref logo

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BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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