LINGUIST List 9.267

Mon Feb 23 1998

Sum: Japanese L1 Acquisition

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  1. David Ludden, Japanese First Language Acquisition

Message 1: Japanese First Language Acquisition

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 08:25:36 -0600
From: David Ludden <>
Subject: Japanese First Language Acquisition

In response to my query a while back about the literature on Japanese first
language acquisition, I received many requests to publish a summary, but
only one informative response, that from Lynn Santelmann of the University
of Wisconsin. She offers the following:

(Lynn Santelmann wrote:)-------------
[T]he article by Patricia Clancy in the Slobin volumes on the
Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition (... V. 1)... gives a general
introduction to the characteristics of Japanese child language.

You might also consider posting a query to the Info-CHILDES list
run by Brian MacWhinney at Carnegie Mellon. It's a list serve 
primarily for child language researchers. To subscribe,
send an e-mail to:

There is a Japanese corpus that has been contributed to the 
CHILDES system by Susanne Miyata. So you can go to the CHILDES
site look at that data as well - making sure you cite the original 
researcher (I think she also wants to be notified if someone uses 
her data, even without publishing.)

- ----------------------------------
I thank Lynn for her help.

To Lynn's response I can add:

Sanches, Mary Mildred. 1968. Features in the Acquisition of Japanese
Grammar. (PhD dissertation available from UMI Dissertation Services.)

This is all I have come up with so far. (I was hoping that perhaps work in
this area had been done in Japan by Japanese researchers.) Since this seems
to be a topic of interest to a number of people, I will post another summary
later if I come up with more information.

David Ludden

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