Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard
to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar.
The selection of papers gives empirical evidence from a wide variety of
languages including Hebrew, German, Croatian, Japanese, English, Spanish,
Dutch, Indonesian, Estonian, Russian and French.
Findings are interpreted with a focus on cross-linguistic similarities and
differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or usage-based approach.
Currently debated topics, such as the role of frequency, as well as
traditional ones such as bootstrapping are integrated into the presentation
of language-specific, learner-specific and more general properties of the
The papers are united by their focus on discovering what determines
rule-governed behavior in language learners who are coming to terms with
the grammar of verbs.
Researchers working in the field of theoretical and applied
(psycho)linguistics, especially those with an interest in language
acquisition and cross-linguistic accounts