The Acquisition of Ergativity
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
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Table of Contents
The acquisition of ergativitySabine Stoll and Edith L. Bavin | pp. 1–14
Ergativity: Some recurrent themesBernard Comrie | pp. 15–34
Ergativity in child BasqueJennifer R. Austin | pp. 35–70
The acquisition of ergativity in InuktitutShanley E.M. Allen | pp. 71–106
The acquisition of ergative case in WarlpiriEdith L. Bavin | pp. 107–132
The acquisition of ergative marking in Kaluli, Ku Waru and Duna (Trans New Guinea)Alan Rumsey, Lila San Roque and Bambi B. Schieffelin | pp. 133–182
The acquisition of ergative case in ChintangSabine Stoll and Balthasar Bickel | pp. 183–208
Ergative case-marking in Hindi child-caregiver speechBhuvana Narasimhan | pp. 209–238
The acquisition of split-ergative case marking in Kurmanji KurdishLaura J. Mahalingappa | pp. 239–270
The acquisition of agreement in four Mayan languagesPenelope Brown, Barbara Pfeiler, Lourdes de León and Clifton Pye | pp. 271–306
The acquisition of extended ergativity in Mam, Q’anjob’al and YucatecClifton Pye, Barbara Pfeiler and Pedro Mateo Pedro | pp. 307–336
Index | pp. 337–342
“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.”
Dan I. Slobin, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
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BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General