LINGUIST List 13.556

Thu Feb 28 2002

Books: Morphology

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, New books:Pre- and Protomorphology

Message 1: New books:Pre- and Protomorphology

Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 14:56:33 +0100
Subject: New books:Pre- and Protomorphology

Pre- and Protomorphology:
Early Phases of Morphological Development in Nouns and Verbs
Maria D. Voeikova and Wolfgang U. Dressler (Eds.)
Editorial assistance: Katherina Korecky-Kroell

This volume presents the intermediate results of the international
"Crosslinguistic Project on Pre- and Protomorphology in Language
Acquisition" co-ordinated by Wolfgang U. Dressler in behalf of the
Austrian Academy of Sciences. It continues the series of publications
started with Dressler & Karpf 1995, Dressler 1997, Dziubalska-Kolaczyk
1997, Gillis 1998, Bittner, Dressler and Kilani-Schoch 2000 as well as
individual publications of the project participants. About the
project - take the introduction from Dressler (manuscript for San
The book includes several introductory chapters (Dressler &
Kilani-Schoch, Stephany, Voeikova) written by the project
co-ordinators on the base of the written reports of participants and
several studies on the acquisition of noun and verb morphology in the
transitory phase from pre- to protomorphology (for definitions see
Bittner, Dressler and Kilani-Schoch 2000: 3 ff.) and in the
protomorphological phase in eight languages (German, Finnish, French,
Yucatec Maya, Italian, Lithuanian, Russian and Spanish). Both
inflectional and derivational morphology is observed in nouns,
including such topics as compounding, diminutive formation, case and
number distinctions. Verbs are described from the point of view of
inflectional morphology and agreement. Case vs. number and person -
Number and person - crosslinguistically - the difference is in the
type of marking and shape (more patterns, inflectional classes
etc. vs. phonological harmony). The set of forms is comparable. Case
- the set of forms is hardly comparable without grouping. Big number
of forms in the paradigm does not aggravate their acquisition if there
are no inflectional classes. On the other hand, small number of
distinct inflectional forms, analytical marking, other means to
express case distinctions may slow the process.

Table of contents
Maria Voeikova (Saint Petersburg, Vienna) & Wolfgang U. Dressler
(Vienna): Introduction
Ursula Stephany (Cologne): Early development of grammatical number - a
typological perspective
Maria Voeikova (Saint Petersburg, Vienna): The acquisition of case in
typologically different languages
Marianne Kilani-Schoch (Lausanne) & Wolfgang U. Dressler (Vienna): The
emergence of inflectional paradigms in two French corpora: an
illustration of general problems of pre- and protomorphology
Sabine Klampfer & Katharina Korecky-Kr�ll (Vienna): Nouns and verbs at
the transition from pre- to protomorphology: a longitudinal case study
on Austrian German
Barbara Pfeiler (Merida): Noun and verb acquisition in Yucatec Maya..
Klaus Laalo (Tampere): Acquisition of case in Finnish: a preliminary
Ineta Savickiene (Kaunas): The emergence of case distinctions in
Maria Voeikova (Saint Petersburg, Vienna) & Natalia Gagarina (Berlin):
Early syntax, first lexicon and the acquisition of case forms by two
Russian children
Anna de Marco (Cosenza): The development of diminutives in Italian:
input and acquisition
Victoria Marrero (Madrid), Mar�a Jos� Albal� (Madrid) & Ignacio Moreno
(M�laga): Use of diminutives by children and adults in Spanish. A
preliminary analysis
Carmen Aguirre (Vienna): The acquisition of tense and aspect morphology:
a key for semantic interpretation
Zrinka Jelaska, Melita Kovacevic & Maja Andel (Zagreb): Morphology and
semantics - the basis of Croatian case
Authors' page

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