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The Acquisition of Aspect and Modality : The Case of Past Reference in Turkish - Ayhan Aksu-Koc

The Acquisition of Aspect and Modality

The Case of Past Reference in Turkish

By: Ayhan Aksu-Koc, P. Austin (Editor), J. Bresnan (Editor), B. Comrie (Editor), S. Crain (Editor)

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Published: 24th March 1988
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Aksu-Koc's empirical research on Turkish children's acquisition of the past tense forms the basis for this original and important contribution to the current debate among psycholinguists on the interrelationship between language and cognitive development. Turkish, in its grammar, makes a clear distinction between direct and indirect experience, separating personal observation of processes from both inference and narrative. This distinction thus provides an ideal method of observing linguistic and neurolinguistic conceptual development. Aksu-Koc exploits this technique to its full advantage in a study conducted across a wide range of ages. The data are meticulously analyzed and the theoretical implications for a neo-Piagetian paradigm are carefully considered.

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Symbols and abbreviations
Tense, Aspect and Modality in Acquisition
Introduction
Tense, aspect and modality
Theoretical and empirical research on the development of temporal reference
Development of Past Reference in Turkish: From 'Perfect' Aspect to 'Evidential' Modality
The empirical study: rationale and hypotheses
Longitudinal study of early inflectional development
Experimental study of the production of the pasts of direct vs. indirect experience
Experimental study of the comprehension and metalinguistic awareness of the pasts of direct vs. indirect experience
Production and comprehension of the quotation function
Conclusions and General Implications
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521331197
ISBN-10: 0521331196
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 24th March 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55