Publication details [#13731]

Aitchison, Jean. 1996. Small steps or large steps? Undergeneralization and overgeneralization in creole acquisition. In Wekker, Herman C., ed. Creole languages and Language Acquisition. (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 86). De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 9–31.
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Article in book
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Language as a subject


The debate on whether creole acquisition proceeds via small steps, involving undergeneralization, or in large leaps, involving overgeneralization, is in this paper explored with particular reference to the treatment of the so-called "predicate marker" i in Tok Pisin by a group of first-generation creole speakers.