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Title: Frequency Effects in Language Acquisition
Subtitle: Defining the Limits of Frequency as an Explanatory Concept
Edited By: Insa Gülzow
Natalia Gagarina
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110196719-1
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 32

The book addresses a controversial current topic in language acquisition
studies: the impact of frequency on linguistic structure in child language.
A major strength of the book is that the role of input frequency in the
acquisition process is evaluated in a large variety of languages, topics
and the two major theoretical frameworks: UG-based and usage-based
accounts. While most papers report a clear frequency effect, different
factors that may be interacting with pure statistical effects are
critically assessed. An introductory statement is made by Thomas Roeper who
calls for caution as he identifies frequency as a non-coherent concept and
argues for a precise definition of what can and cannot be explained by
statistical effects.

From the contents:

Introducing the frequency debate in studies of language acquisition, Insa
Gülzow and Natalia Gagarina

Opening statement
What frequency can do and what it can’t, Tom Roeper

The acquisition of determiners
The role of input frequency in article acquisition in early child Swedish,
Ute Bohnacker - Testing the effects of frequency on the rate of learning:
Determiner use in early French, German and Italian, Tanja Kupisch

Input frequencies across development
The acquisition of non-agent subjects in child Hebrew: The role of input,
Sigal Uziel-Karl and Nancy Budwig - The role of input frequency in early
language production: Children’s usage of Serbian prepositions, Maja Savić
and Darinka Anđelković - Characteristics of maternal input in relation to
vocabulary development in children learning German, Christina Kauschke and
Gisela Klann-Delius - What happens when adults often use infinitives?,
Natalia Gagarina

Frequency mismatches between caregiver input and child language
Structural versus frequency effects in L1 acquisition of the passive and
impersonal in Serbian, Milja Djurkovic - The (non-) effect of input
frequency on the acquisition of word order in Norwegian embedded clauses,
Marit Westergaard and Kristine Bentzen - Factors determining the
acquisition of animacy in Czech, Denisa Bordag

(Non-)Frequentist perspectives within UG
A note on acquisition in frequency-based accounts of binding phenomena,
Jason Mattausch and Insa Gülzow - Principles, parameters and probabilities,
Rosalind Thornton, Stephen Crain and Graciela Tesan

The role of frequency in language acquisition, Katherine Demuth - Counting
grammars, Charles Yang

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110196719
ISBN-13: 9783110196719
Pages: 416
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 137.00