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LINGUIST List 20.2595

Thu Jul 23 2009

Books: Lang Acquisition/Psycholing/Semantics: Maratsos

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        1.    Daniel Davies, The Use of Definite and Indefinite Reference in Young Children: Maratsos

Message 1: The Use of Definite and Indefinite Reference in Young Children: Maratsos
Date: 16-Jul-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: The Use of Definite and Indefinite Reference in Young Children: Maratsos
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Title: The Use of Definite and Indefinite Reference in Young Children
Subtitle: An Experimental Study of Semantic Acquisition
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Michael M. Maratsos
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521113281 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 14.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521113281 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 26.99
Abstract:

Note: This is the re-issue of a previously published book.

The book presents a series of studies that probe young children's knowledge
of a relatively well-defined, abstract semantic realm, that of definite and
indefinite reference. Topics investigated include children's knowledge of
the difference between referring to particular objects (e.g. I have a dog,
which refers to a particular dog) and no particular objects at all (e.g. I
don't have a dog, which makes reference to no particular dog) and their
knowledge of how to account for the knowledge of their listeners in
situations, e.g. in which they have in mind a particular reference but
their listen does not. Because overlapping problems are investigated by a
wide variety of methods, it is possible to verify more certainly the true
level of children's performance. At the same time, the investigation by
many methods illustrates how methodological problems may systematically
affect and at times even distort our picture of development if not
carefully allowed for.

1. Theoretical background;
2. Studying the acquisition of articles;
3. A brief introduction to the design and procedures;
4. Tests of comprehension;
5. Stores: a description of the tests;
6. Results from the systematic stories, imitations with expansions;
7. Results from the miscellaneous stories: other analyses;
8. Games;
9. General discussion: problems in adult response;
Appendices.


Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng )

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