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Title: The Acquisition of German
Subtitle: Introducing Organic Grammar
Written By: Anne Vainikka
Martha Young-Scholten
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 44

"The Acquisition of German: Introducing Organic Grammar" brings together
work on the acquisition of German from over four decades of child L1 and
immigrant L2 learner studies. The book’s major feature is new longitudinal
data from three secondary school students who began an exchange year in
Germany with no German knowledge and attained fluency. Their naturalistic
acquisition process - with a succession of stages described for the first time
in L2 acquisition - is highly similar to that of younger learners. This has
important implications for German teaching and for the theory of Universal
Grammar and acquisition. Organic Grammar, a variant of generative syntax,
is offered as a practical alternative to Chomsky’s Minimalism. The analysis
focuses on extensive monthly samples of the three students’ German
development in an input-rich environment. Similar to previous studies, the
teenagers build syntactic structure from the bottom up. Two acquired correct
word order by the end of the year, the third, who had greater conscious
awareness of German grammar, had a divergent route of development,
suggesting that language awareness can alter a natural developmental path.
The results are addressed in light of recent debates in child-adult differences.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110263843
Pages: 407
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110263763
Pages: 407
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95