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LINGUIST List 23.5135

Sun Dec 09 2012

Books: The Acquisition of Creole Languages: Adone

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

Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The Acquisition of Creole Languages: Adone
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Title: The Acquisition of Creole Languages
Subtitle: How Children Surpass their Input
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6796338/The%20Acquisition%20of%20Creole%20Languages/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Dany Adone

Hardback: ISBN: 9780521199650 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 99.00


How do children acquire a Creole as their first language? This relatively
underexplored question is the starting point for this first book of its kind;
it also asks how first language acquisition of a Creole differs from that of a
non-Creole language. Dany Adone reveals that in the absence of a conventional
language model, Creole children acquire language and go beyond the input they
receive. This study discusses the role of input, a hotly debated issue in the
field of first language acquisition, and provides support for the nativist
approach in the debate between nativism and input-based models. The
Acquisition of Creole Languages will be essential reading for those in the
fields of first language acquisition and Creole studies. Adone takes an
interdisciplinary approach, using insights from non-verbal language
acquisition, which makes this of great interest to those in the field of sign

Table of Contents:

1. Creole languages
2. Issues in first language acquisition
3. Complex Creole syntax
4. Child Creole data
5. Pronouns and reflexives
6. Double-object constructions
7. Passive constructions
8. Serial verb constructions
9. Acquisition without a conventional language model

Appendix A. Experimental materials on pronouns and reflexives
Appendix B. Experimental materials on double-object constructions
Appendix C. Experimental materials on passive constructions
Appendix D. Experimental materials on serial verb constructions.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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