LINGUIST List 15.3315
Sat Nov 27 2004
Qs: Child Lang Acquisition; 'Topic', 'Comment'
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Child Lang Acquisition
Message 1: Child Lang Acquisition
From: Alison How <a.l.howherts.ac.uk>
Subject: Child Lang Acquisition
I am a 3rd year linguistics student at the University of Hertfordshire
embarking on my final year dissertation concerning past and plural
(English) morphology. I am specifically interested in investing U-shaped
learning in children and need to find papers involved in this area (the
original theorist would be very useful for a detailed discription). If
anyone could help even with some article or journal titles I would be most
Thank You, Alison.
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Morphology
Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)
Message 2: 'Topic', 'Comment'
From: Bittor Hidalgo <bittorhidalgoeuskalnet.net>
Subject: 'Topic', 'Comment'
Does anyone know who is the first linguist using the terms ''topic'' and
''comment'' referring to the information structure of the sentence? My
first reference is:
Ch. F. Hockett (1958) A Course in Modern Linguistics. New York, Macmillan, 201.
He uses the terms again in:
(1963) «The Problem of Universals in Language», in J.H. Greenberg (ed.),
Universals of Language, 18 (2nd. ed. 1966, 23).
But somewhere I read that it was Bloomfield who first used the terms in 1935. I
think Bloomfield doesn't use them at least in his 1933's ''Language''. But I
also think Hockett was Bloomfield's follower in some way. Could anyone give me
more information around it? I will submit a summary of the answers in case.
Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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