Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Evolutionary Syntax

By Ljiljana Progovac

This book "outlines novel and testable hypotheses, contains extensive examples from many different languages" and is "presented in accessible language, with more technical discussion in footnotes."

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

This book "proposes a new theory of contact-induced grammatical restructuring" and "offers a new analytical approach to New English from a formal or structural perspective."

Book Information


Title: The Acquisition of Japanese Numeral Classifiers
Subtitle: The Case of Japanese Children
Written By: Kasumi Yamamoto
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition 27

The book is about the numeral classifier system and the acquisition of
Japanese classifiers by Japanese children.

The Acquisition of Japanese Numeral Classifiers consists of two parts.
First, it provides a general typological characterization of numeral
classifier phrases and discusses problems in determining what constitutes
the nature of classifiers. It also discusses the semantic properties of
numeral classifiers based on an analysis of four languages from four
different language families. Second, it examines the acquisitions of
Japanese numeral classifiers by Japanese preschool children, ages 3 to 6,
with a primary emphasis on the development of comprehension. The importance
of the study is that it reveals that young children have a much greater
sensitivity to the conceptual underpinnings of the numeral classifier
system than was previously considered to be the case. The research results
also provide a converging source of evidence that young children often come
to initially grasp the structure of the world in ways that are better
understood in cognitive than perceptual terms. The implications will
contribute to not only the area of language acquisition but also
categorization and conceptual development.

Of interest to: Libraries, Advanced Students and Researchers in General
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Typology, Japanese Studies

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Japanese
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110183676
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 205
Prices: U.S. $ 109.20
Europe EURO 78.00