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Title: The Acquisition of Word Order
Subtitle: Micro-cues, information structure, and economy
Written By: Marit Westergaard
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20145
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 145
Description:

Within a new model of language acquisition, this book discusses verb second
(V2) word order in situations where there is variation in the input. While
traditional generative accounts consider V2 to be a parameter, this study
shows that, in many languages, this word order is dependent on fine
distinctions in syntax and information structure. Thus, within a split-CP
model of clause structure, a number of micro-cues are formulated,
taking into account the specific context for V2 vs. non-V2 (clause type,
subcategory of the elements involved, etc.). The micro-cues are produced in
children’s I-language grammars on exposure to the relevant input. Focusing
on a dialect of Norwegian, the book shows that children generally produce
target-consistent V2 and non-V2 from early on, indicating that they are
sensitive to the micro-cues. This includes contexts where word order is
dependent on information structure. The children’s occasional
non-target-consistent behavior is accounted for by economy principles.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Syntax
Language Acquisition
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ISBN: 9027255288
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