Functional categories in learner language [electronic resource] / edited by Christine Dimroth, Peter Jordens.Material type: TextSeries: Studies on language acquisition ; 37.Publication details: Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, c2009Description: 1 online resource (xii, 347 p.) : illISBN: 9783110216172 (electronic bk.); 3110216175 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Language acquisition | Second language acquisition | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- PsycholinguisticsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Functional categories in learner language.DDC classification: 401/.93 LOC classification: P118 | .F86 2009ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents -- Preface / Christine Dimroth and Peter Jordens -- Convergence on finite V2 clauses in L1, bilingual L1 and early L2 acquisition / Rosemarie Tracy and Dieter Thoma -- The acquisition of functional categories in child L1 and adult L2 Dutch / Peter Jordens -- The acquisition of syntactic finiteness in L1 German: A structure-building approach / Steffi Winkler -- Stepping stones and stumbling blocks: Why negation accelerates and additive particles delay the acquisition of finiteness in German / Christine Dimroth -- Does finiteness mark assertion? A picture selection study with native speakers and adult learners of German / Sarah Schimke -- Light verbs and the acquisition of finiteness and negation in Dutch as a second language / Josje Verhagen -- Finiteness in children with SLI: a functional approach / Anke Jolink -- Functional and modal elements in child and adult Russian / Natalia Gagarina -- How much (morpho- )syntax is needed to express finiteness? / Karen Ferret and Clive Perdue -- Relating Italian articles and clitic object pronouns in bilingual children acquiring Italian and German / Tanja Kupisch and Natascha M�uller -- Index.
Research on spontaneous processes of language acquisition has shown that early learner systems are based on lexical structures. At some point in acquisition this lexical-semantic system is given up in favour of a target-like functional category system. This work deals with the driving forces behind the acquisition of the functional properties of inflection, word-order variation, definiteness and agreement.
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