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


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


Book Information

   

Title: Minimal Answers
Subtitle: Ellipsis, syntax and discourse in the acquisition of European Portuguese
Written By: Ana Lúcia Santos
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD%2048
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 48
Description:

This book offers a new contribution to the debate concerning the
acquisition of the syntax-discourse interface. It provides evidence that
children acquiring European Portuguese have a very early ability to
spontaneously produce VP ellipsis as answers to yes-no questions. It is
also argued that the distribution of VP ellipsis in European Portuguese
(including its co-existence with Null Complement Anaphora) supports the
hypothesis that the identification condition on ellipsis is derivable from
some innate knowledge of the syntax-discourse interface. Answers to yes-no
questions also provide evidence concerning children’s interpretation of
questions containing a cleft or the operator só ‘only’. The analysis of
spontaneous production is complemented by a comprehension experiment,
showing that children have two problems in the interpretation of these
questions: (i) they do not understand that the cleft and só introduce a
presupposition and (ii) they start with a default focus assignment strategy
and may not access other focus interpretations.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Syntax
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Portuguese
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.

Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027253095
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
 
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289766
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00