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


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

Edited by Jacques Durand, Ulrike Gut, and Gjert Kristoffersen

Offers the first detailed examination of corpus phonology and serves as a practical guide for researchers interested in compiling or using phonological corpora


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History

By Bernard Spolsky

A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.


New from Brill!

ad

Indo-European Linguistics

New Open Access journal on Indo-European Linguistics is now available!


Book Information

   

Title: The Acquisition of Complex Sentences
Written By: Holger Diessel
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 105
Description:

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.

This book presents a comprehensive study of how children acquire complex
sentences. Drawing on observational data from English-speaking children
aged 2 to 5, Holger Diessel investigates the acquisition of infinitival and
participial complement clauses, finite complement clauses, finite and
nonfinite relative clauses, adverbial clauses, and coordinate clauses. His
investigation shows that the development of complex sentences originates
from simple non-embedded sentences and that two different developmental
pathways can be distinguished: complex sentences including complement and
relative clauses evolve from simple sentences that are gradually expanded
to multiple-clause constructions, and complex sentences including adverbial
and coordinate clauses develop from simple sentences that are integrated in
a specific biclausal unit. He argues that the acquisition process is
determined by a variety of factors: the frequency of the various complex
sentences in the ambient language, the semantic and syntactic complexity of
the emerging constructions, the communicative functions of complex
sentences, and the social-cognitive development of the child.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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): Syntax
Language Acquisition
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: Paperback
ISBN: 0521107482
ISBN-13: 9780521107488
Prices: U.S. $ 32.99
U.K. £ 17.99