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By Melissa Bowerman, Penelope Brown

ISBN-10: 0805841946

ISBN-13: 9780805841947

This publication bargains a distinct interdisciplinary standpoint on argument constitution and its position in language acquisition. Drawing on a vast variety of crosslinguistic facts, this quantity exhibits that languages are even more varied of their argument constitution homes than has been learned.

The quantity is the result of an built-in examine venture and contains chapters via either experts in first language acquisition and box linguists engaged on various lesser-known languages. The examine attracts on unique fieldwork and on grownup information, baby info, or either from seventeen languages from 11 assorted language households. a few chapters provide typological views, reading the fundamental constructions of a given language with language-learnability concerns in brain. different chapters examine particular difficulties of language acquisition in a single or extra languages. Taken as a complete, the amount illustrates how targeted paintings on crosslinguistic edition is important to the improvement of insightful theories of language acquisition.

Crosslinguistic views on Argument constitution integrates very important modern matters in linguistics and language acquisition.

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1. Nouns If we assume, with Maratsos (1990), Gentner (1982), and others, that Nouns are early recognized by children across languages by their relative absence of inflectional morphology and by their repeated occurrence in the presence of Concrete Objects, we will have done well by the Mopan child. ) exists, and indeed is relatively meager in morphological possibilities. Such forms, henceforth the Nouns of Mopan, can be inflected with an optional suffix for plurality, but with little else. 7 An optional preposed determiner indicates definiteness (a tz’imin ‘ THE HORSE ’).

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