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  1. paul, The Acquisition of the DP in Modern Greek: Marinis

Message 1: The Acquisition of the DP in Modern Greek: Marinis

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 10:06:52 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: The Acquisition of the DP in Modern Greek: Marinis

Title: The Acquisition of the DP in Modern Greek
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 31
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins		 
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Author: Theodoros Marinis, University College London 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114503, Pages: xiv, 261 pp., Price: USD 126.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027225001, Pages: xiv, 261 pp., Price: EUR 105.00


This book offers new data on the acquisition of functional categories
in early child speech. Based on longitudinal corpora of five children
acquiring Modern Greek as their first language, it describes the
development of single DPs consisting of definite and indefinite
articles, complex DPs that require the use of multiple definite
articles - possessive constructions, appositive constructions and
Determiner Spreading, a form of adjectival modification - and number
and case marking in nouns and definite articles. Detailed quantitative
and qualitative analyses show an incremental development of the
DP. The findings address the debate concerning maturation versus
continuity. Incremental acquisition of the DP argues in favour of a
weak continuity approach to language acquisition. Whilst gradual
acquisition of the DP remains unexplained within the Principles and
Parameters Theory, it is fully compatible within Minimalism, as it is
argued to result from the gradual acquisition of the features
associated with the Greek DP.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix 
Preface xi 
Abbreviations xiii 
1. Acquisition theories and the acquisition of the DP 1-34 
2. Methodology 35-54 
3. The DP in Modern Greek 55-83 
4. Acquiring the DP in MG 85-138 
5. The acquisition of the possessive construction 139-164 
6. The acquisition of Determiner Spreading 165-190 
7. The acquisition of appositive constructions involving kinship terms
	and proper names 191-214
8. Summary and conclusion 215-225 
References 227-237 
Appendix 1 239-246 
Appendix 2 247-253 
Index 255-259

Lingfield(s):	Language Acquisition 			 

Subject Language(s):	Greek (Language code: GRK)

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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