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LINGUIST List 23.4898

Sat Nov 24 2012

Books: Language Acquisition and the Functional Category System: Jordens

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 21-Nov-2012
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Language Acquisition and the Functional Category System: Jordens
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Title: Language Acquisition and the Functional Category System
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 39

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/40856?format=G

Author: Peter Jordens

Electronic: ISBN: 9783110216219 Pages: 279 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110216202 Pages: 279 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Research on spontaneous language acquisition both in children learning their
mother tongue and in adults learning a second language has shown that language
development proceeds in a stagewise manner. Learner utterances are accounted
for in terms of so-called 'learner languages'. Learner languages of both
children and adults are language systems that are initially rather simple. The
present monograph shows how these learner languages develop both in child L1
and in adult L2 Dutch. At the initial stage of both L1 and L2 Dutch, learner
systems are lexical systems. This means that utterance structure is determined
by the lexical projection of a predicate-argument structure, while the
functional properties of the target language are absent. At some point in
acquisition, this lexical-semantic system develops into a target-like system.
With this target-like system, learners have reached a stage at which their
language system has the morpho-syntactic features to express the functional
properties of finiteness and topicality. Evidence of this is word order
variation and the use of linguistic elements such as auxiliaries, tense, and
agreement markers and determiners.

Looking at this process of language acquisition from a functional point of
view, the author focuses on questions such as the following. What is the
driving force behind the process that causes learners to give up a simple
lexical-semantic system in favour of a functional-pragmatic one? What is the
added value of linguistic features such as the morpho-syntactic properties of
inflection, word order variation, and definiteness?

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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