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Title: The Acquisition of Spanish
Subtitle: Morphosyntactic development in monolingual and bilingual L1 acquisition and adult L2 acquisition
Written By: Silvina A Montrul
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 37

This is the first book on the acquisition of Spanish that provides a
state-of-the-art comprehensive overview of Spanish morphosyntactic
development in monolingual and bilingual situations. Its content is
organized around key grammatical themes that form the empirical base of
research in generative grammar: nominal and verbal inflectional morphology,
subject and object pronouns, complex structures involving movement
(topicalizations, questions, relative clauses), and aspects of verb meaning
that have consequences for syntax. The book argues that Universal Grammar
constrains all instances of language acquisition and that there is a
fundamental continuity between monolingual, bilingual, child and adult
early grammatical systems. While stressing their similarities with respect
to linguistic representations and processes, the book also considers
important differences between these three acquisition situations with
respect to the outcome of acquisition. It is also shown that many
linguistic properties of Spanish are acquired earlier than in English and
other languages. This book is a must read for those interested in the
acquisition of Spanish from different theoretical perspectives as well as
those working on the acquisition of other languages in different contexts.

Table of contents

Preface xi-xv
1. Theoretical Foundations 1-28
2. Morphosyntax of the Noun Phrase 29-86
3. Morphosyntax of the Verb Phrase 87-172
4. Subject and Object Pronouns 173-247
5. Topics, questions, embedding and movement 249-298
6. Verb Meaning and Lexical Parameters 299-357
Conclusion 359-371
References 373-400
Index 401-411

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Bi- & Multilingualism
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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ISBN: 1588116042
ISBN-13: 9781588116048
Pages: xvi, 413 pp.
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