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Peter Svenonius

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2012
This article is about basic word order, morphology, and their relationship to movement. It explores some cross-linguistically pervasive word-order tendencies in which the hierarchical ... More

A-Bar Dependencies  

Norvin Richards

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
The earliest work in minimalism was primarily concerned with A-movement and its effects. Still, the mechanisms proposed in this work and in its sequels have had profound implications for ... More

A-Movement in Language Development  

Misha Becker and Susannah Kirby

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter provides an overview of the literature on children’s acquisition of constructions involving A(rgument)-movement: passive, unaccusative verbs, raising-to-subject, and ... More

Abstract Phrasal and Clausal Constructions  

Thomas Hoffmann

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Apr 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines abstract phrasal and clausal constructions, the most complex and schematic end of the constructicon cline. It outlines how constructionist approaches can describe and model even ... More

Academy of Persian Language and Literature  

Mohammad Dabir-Moghaddam

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Aug 2018
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Sep 2018
In this chapter, the Academy of Persian Language and Literature is introduced in the context of an eighty-year-old history of the establishment of the Academy in Iran. The chapter intends ... More

Accessing Words from the Mental Lexicon  

Niels O. Schiller and Rinus G. Verdonschot

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Jun 2015
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Aug 2014
This chapter describes how speakers access words from the mental lexicon. Lexical access is a crucial component in the process of transforming thoughts into speech. Some theories consider ... More

Accommodation  

David Beaver and Henk Zeevat

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Feb 2007
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Sep 2012
This article explores the complex and intricate problem of accommodation, which sits right at the linguistic interface between semantics and pragmatics. Accommodation is an inferential ... More

Accusative and Ergative in Hindi  

Anoop Mahajan

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Jun 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter examines the nature of case licensing of the direct object in ergative constructions in Hindi, a split ergative language. Split ergativity in Hindi is conditioned by aspect – ... More

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 Binding and Coreference  

Sergio Baauw

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
In this chapter the acquisition of pronouns and reflexives is discussed. It reviews several accounts of the so-called Delay of Principle B Effect, the absence of this effect in some ... 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

Acquisition of Comparatives and Degree Constructions  

Kristen Syrett

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter looks at the acquisition of comparatives from formal, theoretical, and cross-linguistic perspectives. It begins by reviewing children’s aberrations from adults in the form 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

Acquisition of Derivational Morphology  

Eve V. Clark

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Sep 2014
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Mar 2015
Children acquire some derived word forms early, initially as unanalyzed wholes. But from about age 2 onwards, they start to make use of attested derived word-form patterns when they ... 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 Phonological Inventories  

Ewan Dunbar and William Idsardi

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter gives a unified overview of the research on how phonological inventories are acquired in a first language. It surveys the main highlights of the literature from both a ... 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

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