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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Name: Boluwaji  Oshodi
Institution: Adekunle Ajasin University
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State and/or Country: Germany   
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Selected Publications: Abbot-Smith, K & Behrens, H. (under review) How known construction influence the acquisition of other constructions: German passive and future constructions.

Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (in preparation) Who's domming who?: what German and English preschoolers do with non-canonical transitive linking.

Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E. & Tomasello, M. (2004) Training 2;6-year-olds to produce the transitive construction: The role of frequency, semantic similarity and shared syntactic distribution. Developmental Science 7 (1): 48-55

Abbot-Smith, K. (2003) 'Piecemeal paths to grammatical productivity': how children become productive with basic event constructions. PhD-Dissertation. Psychologie. University of Manchester.

Tomasello, M., & Abbot-Smith, K. (2002) A tale of two theories: response to Fisher. Cognition 83: 207-214

Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E. & Tomasello, M. (2001) What pre-school children do and do not do with ungrammatical word orders. Cognitive Development 16: 679-692
Courses Taught: Language Acquisition Theory
Child and Adult Psycholinguistics

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