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LINGUIST List 18.1722

Wed Jun 06 2007

Books: Lang Acq/Psycholing/Typology: Bowerman, Brown (Eds)

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        1.    Francesca Filippelli, Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure: Bowerman, Brown (Eds)


Message 1: Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure: Bowerman, Brown (Eds)
Date: 04-Jun-2007
From: Francesca Filippelli <francesca.filippellitaylorandfrancis.com>
Subject: Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure: Bowerman, Brown (Eds)


Title: Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure
Subtitle: Implications for Learnability
Published: 2007
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
                http://www.routledge.com/

Editor: Melissa Bowerman
Editor: Penelope Brown
Hardback: ISBN: 0805841946 Pages: 588 Price: U.S. $ 125.00
Abstract:

Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure: Implications for
Learnability offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on argument
structure and its role in language acquisition. Much contemporary work in
linguistics and psychology assumes that argument structure is strongly
constrained by a set of universal principles, and that these principles are
innate, providing children with certain "bootstrapping" strategies that
help them home in on basic aspects of the syntax and lexicon of their
language. Drawing on a broad range of crosslinguistic data, this volume
shows that languages are much more diverse in their argument structure
properties than has been realized. This diversity raises challenges for
many existing proposals about language acquisition, affects the range of
solutions that can be considered plausible, and highlights new acquisition
puzzles that until now have passed unnoticed.

The volume is the outcome of an integrated research project and comprises
chapters by both specialists in first language acquisition and field
linguists working on a variety of lesser-known languages. The research
draws on original fieldwork and on adult data, child data, or both from
seventeen languages from eleven different language families. Some chapters
offer typological perspectives, examining the basic structures of a given
language with language-learnability issues in mind. Other chapters
investigate specific problems of language acquisition in one or more
languages. Taken as a whole, the volume illustrates how detailed work on
crosslinguistic variation is critical to the development of insightful
theories of language acquisition.

Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure integrates important
contemporary issues in linguistics and language acquisition. With its rich
crosslinguistic base and the innovative empirical methods it showcases for
studying the role of argument structure in language acquisition, it will be
of great interest to linguists and language acquisition specialists alike,
as well as to upper-level students in linguistics and psychology in the
United States and abroad.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Typology

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=26158


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