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Subject: Information Structure and the Dynamics of Language Acquisition

Title: Information Structure and the Dynamics of Language Acquisition
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 26
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Editor: Christine Dimroth, Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen 
Editor: Marianne Starren, University of Nijmegen 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114120, Pages: vi, 361 pp., Price: USD 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027241376, Pages: vi, 361 pp., Price: EUR 98.00

The papers in this volume focus on the impact of information structure
on language acquisition, thereby taking different linguistic
approaches into account. They start from an empirical point of view,
and examine data from natural first and second language acquisition,
which cover a wide range of varieties, from early learner language to
native speaker production and from gesture to Creole prototypes. The
central theme is the interplay between principles of information
structure and linguistic structure and its impact on the functioning
and development of the learner's system. The papers examine
language-internal explanatory factors and in particular the
communicative and structural forces that push and shape the
acquisition process, and its outcome. On the theoretical level, the
approach adopted appeals both to formal and communicative constraints
on a learner's language in use. Two empirical domains provide a
'testing ground' for the respective weight of grammatical versus
functional determinants in the acquisition process: (1) the expression
of finiteness and scope relations at the utterance level and (2) the
expression of anaphoric relations at the discourse level.

Table of contents

Introduction 1-12 
I. Finiteness and scope relations 
Development of verb morphology and finiteness in children and adults
 acquiring French
 Suzanne Schlyter 15-44 
"Tinkering" with chunks: Form-oriented strategies and idiosyncratic
 utterance patterns without functional implications in the IL of
 Turkish speaking children learning German
 Stefanie Haberzettl 45-63 
Finiteness in Germanic languages: A stage-model for first and second
 language development
 Christine Dimroth, Petra Gretsch, Peter Jordens, Clive Perdue and
 Marianne Starren 65-93
On the similarities of L1 and L2 acquisition: How German children
 anchor utterances in time
 Petra Gretsch 95-117 
Negation and relational predicates in French and English as second
 Patrizia Giuliano 119-157 
The copula in learner Italian: Finiteness and verbal inflection
 Giuliano Bernini 159-185 
The interaction between the development of verb morphology and the
 acquisition of temporal adverbs of contrast: A longitudinal study in
 French, English and German L2
 Sandra Benazzo 187-210 
Merging scope particles: Word order variation and the acquisition of
 aussi and ook in a bilingual context
 Aafke Hulk 211-234 
Creole prototypes as basic varieties and inflectional morphology
 Angelika Becker and Tonjes Veenstra 235-264 
II. Anaphoric relations 
Information structure in narratives and the role of grammaticised
 knowledge: A study of adult French and German learners of English
 Mary Carroll and Monique Lambert 267-287 
Acquiring the linkage between syntactic, semantic and informational
 roles in narratives by Spanish learners of German
 Jorge Murcia-Serra 289-309 
Gestures, referents, and anaphoric linkage in learner varieties
 Marianne Gullberg 311-328 
The development of anaphoric means to refer to space and entities in
 the acquisition of French by Polish learners
 Marzena Watorek-Adorno 329-355 
Subject index 357-359

Lingfield(s): Bi- & Multilingualism (Sociolinguistics)
		Language Acquisition
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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