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Sun Nov 29 2009

Books: Language Acquisition: Dimroth, Jordens (Eds)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Functional Categories in Learner Language: Dimroth, Jordens (Eds)

Message 1: Functional Categories in Learner Language: Dimroth, Jordens (Eds)
Date: 27-Nov-2009
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Functional Categories in Learner Language: Dimroth, Jordens (Eds)
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Title: Functional Categories in Learner Language
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 37
Published: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110216165-1

Editor: Christine Dimroth
Editor: Peter Jordens
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216172 Pages: 347 Price: U.S. $ 100.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110216165 Pages: 347 Price: Europe EURO 89.95
Abstract:

Language acquisition is a developmental process. Research on spontaneous
processes of both children learning their mother tongue and adults learning
a second language has shown that particular stages of acquisition can be
discriminated. Initially, learner utterances can be accounted for in terms
of a language system that is relatively simple. In studies on second
language acquisition this learner system is called the Basic Variety (Klein
and Perdue 1997). Utterance structure of the Basic Variety is determined by
a grammar which consists of lexical structures that are constrained, for
example, by semantic principles such as "The NP-referent with highest
control comes first" and a pragmatic principle such as "Focus expression
last". At some point in acquisition this lexical-semantic system is given
up in favour of a target-like system with morpho-syntactic features to
express the functional properties of finiteness, topicality, the determiner
system, etc. Insights into how this process evolves may also provide an
answer to the question of why it takes place. Within this functional
perspective on language acquisition research focuses on questions such as
the following.

1. What is the driving force behind the process that causes learners to
give up a simple lexical-semantic system in favour of a morpho-syntactic
functional category system?

2. What is the added value of morpho-syntactic properties of inflection,
word-order variation, definiteness and agreement?

3. Why is it that in cases of specific language impairment it is mainly
morpho-syntactic properties of the target language that are affected?

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
                            Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng )

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