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LINGUIST List 17.840

Sun Mar 19 2006

Books: Language Acquisition/Syntax: Kupisch

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The acquisition of determiners in bilingual German-Italian and German-French children: Kupisch

Message 1: The acquisition of determiners in bilingual German-Italian and German-French children: Kupisch
Date: 16-Mar-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The acquisition of determiners in bilingual German-Italian and German-French children: Kupisch

Title: The acquisition of determiners in bilingual German-Italian and
German-French children
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Langauge Acquisition 17
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Tanja Kupisch, University of Hamburg
Paperback: ISBN: 3895869961 Pages: 246 Price: U.S. $ 73.20
Paperback: ISBN: 3895869961 Pages: 246 Price: Europe EURO 60

This study is concerned with the acquisition of determiners in bilingual
children acquiring German simultaneously with a Romance language
(French/Italian). It has two major concerns: (i) to shed more light on the
interplay between language influence and language dominance and (ii) to
examine the relation between forms and functions.

Bilingual data is especially suited for this purpose, as bilingual children
have been argued to dispose of two grammatical systems, while having only
one cognitive system. Thus, we may expect similarities in the acquisition
of functions but the acquisition of forms should mirror language specific
patterns. The analysis, which is based on a large sample of bilingual data,
indicates that things are far more complex. The grammars of a bilingual
child are in contact and influence each other.

Contrary to general belief, such influence may be of a positive nature,
anticipating syntactic acquisition in one language. It is further argued
that language dominance is not the only factor that determines language
influence. The book adopts the perspective of Chomskyan Universal grammar,
but it contains an empirical study of the acquisition of article functions,
discussing whether formal and functional acquisition interact or represent
two completely independent processes. The book provides a comprehensive
overview of relevant theoretical and empirical work and contains numerous
illustrative examples of small children's linguistic capacities. For more
details see our webshop: www.lincom-europa.com.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            French (fra)
                            Italian (ita)

Written In: English (eng )

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