Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar.
The selection of papers gives empirical evidence from a wide variety of languages including Hebrew, German, Croatian, Japanese, English, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Estonian, Russian and French.
Findings are interpreted with a focus on cross-linguistic similarities and differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or usage-based approach.
Currently debated topics, such as the role of frequency, as well as traditional ones such as bootstrapping are integrated into the presentation of language-specific, learner-specific and more general properties of the acquisition process.
The papers are united by their focus on discovering what determines rule-governed behavior in language learners who are coming to terms with the grammar of verbs.
Written for: Researchers working in the field of theoretical and applied (psycho)linguistics, especially those with an interest in language acquisition and cross-linguistic accounts