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LINGUIST List 20.813

Wed Mar 11 2009

Books: Lang Acquisition/Syntax:Rozendaal- Lang Acquisition/Syntax:Gehrke

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        1.    Parcival von Schmid, The Acquisition of Reference: Rozendaal
        2.    Parcival von Schmid, Ps in Motion: Gehrke


Message 1: The Acquisition of Reference: Rozendaal
Date: 07-Mar-2009
From: Parcival von Schmid <lotuu.nl>
Subject: The Acquisition of Reference: Rozendaal
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Title: The Acquisition of Reference
Subtitle: A cross-linguistic study
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 197
Published: 2008
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Margot Isabella Rozendaal
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328711 Pages: 439 Price: Europe EURO 32.62
Abstract:

Reference involves both the area of morphosyntax and of pragmatics. In
language acquisition, children are therefore faced with a double task. Not
only do they have to acquire the relevant morphosyntactic forms for
reference (e.g. nouns with determiners, pronouns), but also the pragmatic
conditions under which these forms can or must be used. In this study, the
acquisition of reference is examined on the basis of spontaneous speech
data from three children acquiring Dutch, three children acquiring English
and four children acquiring French.
The input addressed to these children is also analyzed. The children's use
of nouns without determiners, nouns with different determiners and
different types of pronouns is investigated in relation to their developing
sensitivity to three pragmatic conditions: specificity of the referent, the
givenness of the referent in discourse and the assumed familiarity to the
listener of referents that are new to discourse.

The results of this study show that children's sensitivity to the
morphosyntaxpragmatics interface in reference is related to the speed with
which they acquire the relevant morphosyntactic forms. Cue frequency and
cue consistency of associations between morphosyntax and pragmatics in the
input also play an important role in the acquisition of reference.

This study is of relevance to scholars who work in the field of language
acquisition and who are interested in the acquisition of determiners and
pronouns, the morphosyntax-pragmatics interface, cross-linguistic
comparisons and the influence of the input on acquisition.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Morphology
                            Pragmatics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            French (fra)

Written In: English (eng )

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Message 2: Ps in Motion: Gehrke
Date: 07-Mar-2009
From: Parcival von Schmid <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Ps in Motion: Gehrke
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                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Czech (ces)
                            Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            Plautdietsch (pdt)
                            Russian (rus)
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (eng )

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Title: Ps in Motion
Subtitle: On the semantics and syntax of P elements and motion events
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 184
Published: 2008
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Berit Gehrke
Paperback: ISBN: 9789078328582 Pages: 315 Price: Europe EURO 25.95
Abstract:

This study addresses semantic and syntactic issues concerning the
combination of elements of the category P (adpositions, verbal prefixes and
particles) with verbs of motion and (change of) location in the description
of motion events.

The general proposal is guided by the idea of a division of labour between
spatial PPs and verbal predicates in structuring an event and contributing
to its overall aspectual make-up. It is postulated that there are two main
ways to combine PPs with verbs, namely as predicate modifiers (VP adjuncts)
or as secondary resultative predicates (complements to V). Special
attention is paid to the latter possibility, which is analysed as involving
complex predicate formation and deriving an accomplishment event structure.
Empirical support for this analysis is brought forward by a detailed
investigation of English, Dutch, German, Russian and Czech data.
Furthermore, a broader range of data discussed in the literature, such as
Romance languages and data from language acquisition, is taken into account
to address the more general crosslinguistic variation in the description of
motion events. New constraints on such complex predicate formation are
formulated and direct parallels are drawn to complex predicate formation
with other secondary resultative predicates, in particular adjectives.

This thesis is of relevance to researchers of various linguistic
backgrounds concerned with the interaction between semantics and syntax,
typology, and more specifically to those interested in the area of event
structure, inner aspect, and spatial meanings.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Semantics
                            Syntax
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Czech (ces)
                            Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            Plautdietsch (pdt)
                            Russian (rus)
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (eng )

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