LINGUIST List 15.2339

Thu Aug 19 2004

Books: Semantics/Language Acquisition: Swift

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  1. julia.ulrich, Time in Child Inuktitut: Swift

Message 1: Time in Child Inuktitut: Swift

Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 11:20:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: julia.ulrich <>
Subject: Time in Child Inuktitut: Swift

Title: Time in Child Inuktitut
Subtitle: A Developmental Study of an Eskimo-Aleut Language
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition 24

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Mouton de Gruyter

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Author: Mary Swift, University of Rochester, NY

Hardback: ISBN: 3110181207, Pages: xii, 307, Price: EURO 98.00


This book presents a study of the development of time reference in
young children acquiring Inuktitut as a first language. The first such
study of an Eskimo-Aleut language, its account of children's
development of time reference in a system that is fundamentally
different from those found in languages previously studied makes a
unique contribution to the literature on the ac-quisition of tense and
aspect. Drawing on longitudinal spontaneous speech data from eight
Inuit children between 2 and 3-and-a-half years old, this study
analyzes the temporal structures, their meanings and context of use
in children's communicative interactions with siblings, peers and
caretakers during the early stages of language development.

The comprehensive study of previously unexplored temporal phenomena
and its unprecedented findings makes this book an important resource
for researchers, teachers and students of child language development,
especially the development of time reference. In addition, the
documentation of the Inuktitut temporal sys-tem, especially as used in
conversational speech, will be of interest to researchers of time

Lingfield(s):	Applied Linguistics
		Language Acquisition
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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