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First Verbs : A Case Study of Early Grammatical Development - Michael Tomasello

First Verbs

A Case Study of Early Grammatical Development

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Published: 27th March 1992
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First Verbs is a detailed diary study of one child's earliest language development during her second year of life. Using a Cognitive Linguistics framework, the author focuses on how his daughter acquired her first verbs, and the role verbs played in her early grammatical development. The author argues that many of a child's first grammatical structures are tied to individual verbs, and that earliest language is based on general cognitive and social-cognitive processes, especially event structures and cultural learning.

"...many readers will undoubtedly find the volume illuminating..." Lynn Eubank, Studies in Second Language Acquisitions "...a useful book for those interested in understanding the sometimes controversial claims that Tomasello proposes...[A]n excellent reference material even for those researchers who are unsympathetic to the cognitive linguistic approach." Jacqueline S. Johnson, Contemporary Psychology "...a valuable contribution to the child-language literature because of the author's thorough analusis and his boldness in choosing solutions to conceptual problems and then marching on." Lorraine McCune, Merrill-Palmer Quarterly

Acknowledgments
Introduction
In the beginning was the verb
Methods and an Introduction to T's language
Change of state verbs and sentences
Activity verbs and sentences
Other grammatical structures
The development of T's grammar
Language acquisition as cultural learning
References
Appendix
Index
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ISBN: 9780521374965
ISBN-10: 0521374960
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th March 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.73