It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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Grammatical Features and Acquisition of Reference: A Comparative Study of Dutch and Spanish
GRAMMATICAL FEATURES AND THE ACUISITION OF REFERENCE: A Comparative Study of Dutch and Spanish Sergio Baauw, Utrecht University
This book offers a comparative study of the interpretation of definite articles and pronouns by Dutch and Spanish 4-7 year old children. It presents experimental evidence showing that children's interpretation of definite articles and pronouns is affected by their incomplete acquisition of morphosyntactic features of the D-position, the host of both pronouns and definite articles. It is argued that children often interpret definite articles as expletive determiners and third person pronouns as SE-anaphors ("se" in Spanish and "zich" in Dutch). This study also offers evidence that young children are sensitive to inflectional morphology. It shows that children acquiring a poorly inflected language, such as Dutch, have considerably more difficulties with the adult interpretation of pronouns and definite articles than children acquiring a richly inflected language, such as Spanish. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics series.
January 2002: 256 pp Hb: 0415937612: $70.00 #50.00
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Acquisition of Pronouns and Definite Articles 2. Underspecification of the D-Position 3. The Acquisition of Pronominal Anaphora in Spanish and Dutch Conclusions References Appendices