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Acquiring Possessives  

Theo Marinis

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
The concepts of possession and ownership are among the first to be expressed by children when they start acquiring language. This chapter starts with an overview of the properties of ... More

The Acquisition of Case  

Sonja Eisenbeiss, Bhuvana Narasimhan, and Maria Voeikova

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
Case is one of the most heterogeneous nominal morphological categories: the number of case forms in morphological paradigms, the syntactic and semantic functions of case, and the set of ... More

The Acquisition of Complements  

Jill de Villiers and Tom Roeper

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
The development of complementation engages high-level parametric variation, a variety of separate modules, and very specific lexical variation across the possible grammars in UG. In ... More

The Acquisition of Ergativity: An Overview  

Edith Bavin

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Jun 2017
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Aug 2017
The chapter illustrates variation associated with ergative alignment and properties of ergative languages that might impact on acquisition of the system. Language input, the social context ... More

The Acquisition of Evidentiality  

Stanka A. Fitneva

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Jan 2018
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Mar 2018
How do children learn the evidential system of their language? The primary goal of this chapter is to summarize existing research on this topic. Its secondary goal is to position this ... More

The Acquisition of Japanese Syntax  

Keiko Murasugi and Koji Sugisaki

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
This article investigates a number of issues concerning parameter setting and developmental factors in language acquisition. It is mainly limited to studies on the acquisition of syntax ... More

The Acquisition of Murrinhpatha (Northern Australia)  

Bill Forshaw, Lucinda Davidson, Barbara Kelly, Rachel Nordlinger, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Joe Blythe

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Sep 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter reports on initial findings of an ongoing large-scale research project into the acquisition of Murrinhpatha, a polysynthetic language of the Daly River region of the Northern ... More

The Acquisition of Polysynthetic Verb Forms in Chintang  

Sabine Stoll, Balthasar Bickel, and Jekaterina Mažara

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Sep 2017
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Nov 2017
In first language acquisition research so far little is known about the affordances involved in children's acquisition of morphologies of different complexities. This chapter discusses the ... More

Argument Structure  

Joshua Viau and Ann Bunger

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
Children acquiring any language must develop an understanding both of how event components are encoded in verb meanings and of the argument structure of those verbs, that is, how the ... More

Case and Agreement  

Paul Hagstrom

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
Children’s use of case and agreement morphology offers a window into the structure of their developing grammatical systems. Children acquiring English commonly produce accusative pronouns ... More

Children's Acquisition of Compound Constructions  

Ruth Berman

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Jul 2011
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Sep 2012
Children's comprehension and production of (mainly noun + noun) compound constructions have been the subject of substantial research over the past twenty years or so. This chapter looks at ... More

A Comparative Study of the Acquisition of Nominative and Ergative Alignment in European and Mayan Languages  

Clifton Pye and Barbara Pfeiler

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Jun 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter compares the acquisition of nominative clitic and agreement markers in French and Spanish with the acquisition of person marking in the Mayan languages Wastek, Yukatek, Ch’ol ... More

Construction Grammar and First Language Acquisition  

Holger Diessel

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Apr 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter analyzes first language acquisition in the context of Construction Grammar. It provides an overview of usage-based research in first language acquisition that is based on assumptions of ... More

Construction Grammar and Second Language Acquisition  

Nick Ellis

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Apr 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter analyzes second language acquisition in the context of Construction Grammar. It provides evidence for the psychological reality of constructions in a second language and presents a ... More

First Language Acquisition  

Maria-Teresa Guasti

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Dec 2016
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Feb 2017
Humans acquire language naturally, namely without specific instruction, by being exposed to it and by interacting with other human beings. According to the generativist enterprise, humans ... More

Inflectional Morphology in Language Acquisition  

Sabine Stoll

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Jul 2015
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Jan 2016
The acquisition of morphology is one of the major challenges in first language acquisition and the tasks children encounter vary to an extreme degree across different languages. The ... More

Language Development in Children with Developmental Disorders  

Andrea Zukowski

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter discusses a number of developmental disorders that impact language acquisition, and their possible relevance to understanding how language is typically acquired. The chapter ... More

On the Grammatical Basis of Language Development: A Case Study  

Luigi Rizzi

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Oct 2008
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Sep 2012
This article presents a case study concerning the grammatical basis of language development. It discusses the trend for developmental research characterized by the use of sophisticated ... More

Primary Language Acquisition  

Laura Wagner

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May 2012
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Sep 2012
Children face several critical challenges in acquiring tense and aspect, one of which concerns the variability in linguistic marking, which encompasses a wide range. Nevertheless, children ... More

The Role of Defaults in the Acquisition of Basque Ergative and Dative Morphology  

Jennifer Austin

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Jun 2017
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Aug 2017
The use of default agreement plays a key role in morphological theories from diverse perspectives, as well as in many analyses of child language acquisition. In this paper, the development ... More

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