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Time in Child Inuktitut : A Developmental Study in an Eskimo-Aleut Language :  A Developmental Study in an Eskimo-Aleut Language - Mary D. Swift

Time in Child Inuktitut : A Developmental Study in an Eskimo-Aleut Language

A Developmental Study in an Eskimo-Aleut Language

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Published: 2004
For Ages: 22+ years old
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This book presents a study of the development of time reference in young children acquiring Inuktitut as a first language. The first such study of an Eskimo-Aleut language, its account of children's development of time reference in a system that is fundamentally different from those found in languages previously studied makes a unique contribution to the literature on the acquisition of tense and aspect. Drawing on longitudinal spontaneous speech data from eight Inuit children between 2 and 3-and-a-half years old, this study analyzes the temporal structures, their meanings and context of use in children's communicative interactions-with siblings, peers and caretakers during the early stages of language development. The comprehensive study of previously unexplored temporal phenomena and its unprecedented findings makes this book an important resource for researchers, teachers and students of child language development, especially the development of time reference. In addition, the documentation of the Inuktitut temporal system, especially as used in conversational speech, will be of interest to researchers of time refer.

"In her book, Swift reveals this fascinating analysis of a relatively unusual language, with numerous examples and an extensive appendix, making the presentation interesting and understandable."Richard M.Weist in: Journal of Child Language, 31, 2005

Introductionp. 1
Inuktitutp. 5
Time reference in Inuktitutp. 21
The development of time reference in child language : a review of the literaturep. 101
Methodologyp. 130
Early verb development in Inuktitutp. 146
Zero-marked verbs in early Inuktitutp. 156
Aspectual suffixes in early Inuktitutp. 179
Future temporal remoteness in early Inuktitutp. 220
Past temporal remoteness in early Inuktitutp. 239
Temporal adverbials and temporal clause coordination in early Inuktitutp. 263
Summary and conclusionsp. 270
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ISBN: 9783110181203
ISBN-10: 3110181207
Series: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA]
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 327
Published: 2004
Publisher: De Gruyter
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.62