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Title: Language-Specific Factors in First Language Acquisition
Subtitle: The Expression of Motion Events in French and German
Written By: Anne-Katharina Harr
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 48

A growing number of studies have begun to examine the influence of language-specific factors on language acquisition. During language acquisition, German children from six years on use structures that are similar to those of adults in their language group and also encode all semantic components from an early age. In striking contrast, French children up to ten years have difficulties producing some of the complex structures that are necessary for the simultaneous expression of several semantic components. Nonetheless, in addition to these striking cross-linguistic differences, the results of this study also clearly show similar developmental progressions in other respects, suggesting the impact of general developmental determinants.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781614512264
Pages: 389
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781614511748
Pages: 389
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95