LINGUIST List 11.2203

Thu Oct 12 2000

Books: Language Acquisition,Modified (Issue#11.2191-2)

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  1. Gillian Caglayan, Modified (Issue#11.2191-2): Language Acquisition, P. Li & Y. Shirai

Message 1: Modified (Issue#11.2191-2): Language Acquisition, P. Li & Y. Shirai

Date: 12 Oct 2000 12:23:49 -0000
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Modified (Issue#11.2191-2): Language Acquisition, P. Li & Y. Shirai

>From the series
Studies on Language Acquisition
Series Editor: Peter Jordens
Ping Li and Yasuhiro Shirai
The Acquisition of Lexical and Grammatical Aspect
2000. 23 x 15,5 cm. ix, 261 pages.
Cloth. DM 178,- /EUR 91,01 /�S 1299,- /sFr 158,- /approx. US$ 89.00
ISBN 3-11-016615-1
This book provides a state-of-the-art review of the acquisition of
lexical and grammatical aspect, in both first and second language
acquisition. More specifically, it presents a comprehensive analysis
of how child and adult speakers learn to mark aspect, an important
subsystem of language that marks the temporal contour of events by
means of inherent lexical meanings and/or grammatical morphology (in
contrast to tense which marks the temporal location of events with
respect to past, present, and future). The studies presented are based
on the authors' research on English, Chinese, and Japanese, and they
address the issue of the acquisition of aspect from a number of
different perspectives, among them crosslinguistic, developmental, and
computational. Detailed empirical results are integrated with
theoretical analyses and syntheses, along dimensions such as
innateness versus input, prototypes versus cryptotypes, rules versus
Linguistically, the authors' approach to aspectual phenomena relies on
the interaction between lexical aspect (e.g. state, activity,
accomplishment, and achievement) and grammatical aspect (e.g.
perfective, imperfective, and progressive). Developmentally, their
approach to acquisition phenomena relies on connectionist
distributional learning that gives rise to categories of protototypes
and cryptotypes.
Readers from linguistics, psychology, language acquisition, language
education, and cognitive science should all find this book a relevant
and important text for their research and teaching.
Aspect: Problem of lexicon and morphology
 Theories of language acquisition and the acquisition of aspect
Acquisition of aspect in English
Acquisition of aspect in Chinese
Acquisition of aspect in Japanese
A connectionist model of the acquisition of aspect
Acquisition of aspect: Conclusions and future directions
Author Index
Subject Index
About the authors:
Professor Ping Li is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University
of Richmond, United States.
Professor Yasuhiro Shirai is Associate Professor, Department of Asian
Studies, at Cornell University, Ithaca, United States 

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10785 Berlin, Germany
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