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From Syntax to Discourse : Pronominal Clitics, Null Subjects and Infinitives in Child Language - Cornelia Hamann

From Syntax to Discourse

Pronominal Clitics, Null Subjects and Infinitives in Child Language

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ISBN: 9781402004407
Number Of Pages: 372

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claim is that such morphological processes can be learnt without symbolization and innate knowledge. See Rumelhart and McClelland (1986) for the original model of past tense acquisition, Plunkett and Marchman (1993), Nakisa, Plunkett and Hahn (1996) and Elman et al. (1996) for developments and extensions to other morphological processes, and Marcus et al. (1992) and Pinker and Prince (1988) for criticism. One line of investigation supporting the view of language as a genetic endowment is closely linked to traditional research on language acquisition and argues as follows: If language is innate there must be phenomena that should be accessible from birth in one form or the other. Thus it is clear that the language of children, especially young children and preferably babies should be investigated. As babies unfortunately don't talk, the abilities that are available from birth must be established in ways different from the usual linguistic analysis. Psycholinguistic research of the last few years has shown that at the age of 4 and 8 months and even during their first week of life children already have important language skills. From the fourth day, infants distinguish their mother tongue from other languages. From the first months children prefer the sound of speech to 'other noise'. At the age of 4 months, infants prefer pauses at syntactic boundaries to random pauses.

Introduction to Language Acquisitionp. 1
The Acquisition of the Pronominal System in French - The Production of Subject and Object Cliticsp. 21
The Binding Principles and Acquisition Researchp. 65
Romance Clitics and Bindingp. 91
Two Experiments on Binding Effects with French Clitic Pronounsp. 113
Children's Null Subjects and Infinitivesp. 149
Theoretical Approaches to Infinitives and Null Subjectsp. 177
Empirical Data and the Evaluation of the Approachesp. 213
Wh-Questions: Infinitives, Null Subjects and the Problem of Interpretationp. 251
Other Areas of Investigation: Negation and Late Argument Dropp. 285
Discourse Anchorage and the CPp. 311
Child Language: From Syntax to Discoursep. 331
Notesp. 337
Referencesp. 345
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9781402004407
ISBN-10: 1402004400
Series: Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 31st January 2002
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 1.22