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Title: The Acquisition of Creole Languages
Subtitle: How Children Surpass their Input
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6796338/The%20Acquisition%20of%20Creole%20Languages/?site_locale=en_US
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How do children acquire a Creole as their first language? This relatively underexplored question is the starting point for this first book of its kind; it also asks how first language acquisition of a Creole differs from that of a non-Creole language. Dany Adone reveals that in the absence of a conventional language model, Creole children acquire language and go beyond the input they receive. This study discusses the role of input, a hotly debated issue in the field of first language acquisition, and provides support for the nativist approach in the debate between nativism and input-based models. The Acquisition of Creole Languages will be essential reading for those in the fields of first language acquisition and Creole studies. Adone takes an interdisciplinary approach, using insights from non-verbal language acquisition, which makes this of great interest to those in the field of sign linguistics. Table of Contents: 1. Creole languages 2. Issues in first language acquisition 3. Complex Creole syntax 4. Child Creole data 5. Pronouns and reflexives 6. Double-object constructions 7. Passive constructions 8. Serial verb constructions 9. Acquisition without a conventional language model Appendix A. Experimental materials on pronouns and reflexives Appendix B. Experimental materials on double-object constructions Appendix C. Experimental materials on passive constructions Appendix D. Experimental materials on serial verb constructions.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521199650
Pages: 248
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