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LINGUIST List 18.3143

Fri Oct 26 2007

Books: Language Acquisition/Syntax: Pannemann

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, DP Acquisition as Structure Unravelling: Pannemann

Message 1: DP Acquisition as Structure Unravelling: Pannemann
Date: 23-Oct-2007
From: Rianne Giethoorn <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: DP Acquisition as Structure Unravelling: Pannemann
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Title: DP Acquisition as Structure Unravelling
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2007
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Maren Pannemann
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328384 Pages: 189 Price: Europe EURO 20.79

Children pass through a stage where they omit the determiner in contexts
where it is obligatory in adult language. DP Acquisition as Structure
Unravelling describes this phenomenon and argues for a new theoretic
approach to the acquisition of the determiner phrase (DP).

The first part of this dissertation is an inventory of the empirical
observations made cross-linguistically with respect to the omission of the
determiner in first language acquisition. Furthermore, various analyses of
this phenomenon are evaluated. This inventory leads to the formulation of
ten requirements for a theory of DP acquisition. In the second part, the
author presents a new theory that meets these requirements. Based on
Jackendoff's (1997) tripartite architecture of grammar, the author argues
that determiner omission can be understood as a breakdown of the one-to-one
relationship between syntactic elements and phonological units. In this
way, a parallel is drawn between syntactic co-occurrence restrictions in
adult and child language. The main idea of this new DP acquisition theory
is that nouns correspond to the maximal DP projection at the onset of
language acquisition. This default setting can only be given up in the
presence of positive evidence in the input. If this is the case, the child
proceeds to unravel lower layers of the DP stepwise in a top-down fashion.
In the third part of the book five predictions of the Structure Unravelling
theory are investigated with acquisition data from French and Dutch
children. These predictions of the new theory can be confirmed. An
important observation is that the acquisition of the determiner takes place
item-by-item but is guided by an underlying linguistic acquisition
mechanism at the same time.

This study is of interest to scholars working in the field of first language
acquisition as well as to linguists interested in the syntax-phonology

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng )

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