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Title: Information Structure and the Dynamics of Language Acquisition
Edited By: Christine Dimroth
Marianne Starren
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiBil_26
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 26

The papers in this volume focus on the impact of information structure on language acquisition, thereby taking different linguistic approaches into account. They start from an empirical point of view, and examine data from natural first and second language acquisition, which cover a wide range of varieties, from early learner language to native speaker production and from gesture to Creole prototypes. The central theme is the interplay between principles of information structure and linguistic structure and its impact on the functioning and development of the learner's system. The papers examine language-internal explanatory factors and in particular the communicative and structural forces that push and shape the acquisition process, and its outcome. On the theoretical level, the approach adopted appeals both to formal and communicative constraints on a learner’s language in use. Two empirical domains provide a 'testing ground' for the respective weight of grammatical versus functional determinants in the acquisition process: (1) the expression of finiteness and scope relations at the utterance level and (2) the expression of anaphoric relations at the discourse level.

Table of contents

Introduction 1–12
I. Finiteness and scope relations
Development of verb morphology and finiteness in children and adults acquiring French
Suzanne Schlyter 15–44 “Tinkering” with chunks: Form-oriented strategies and idiosyncratic utterance patterns without functional implications in the IL of Turkish speaking children learning German
Stefanie Haberzettl 45–63
Finiteness in Germanic languages: A stage-model for first and second language development
Christine Dimroth, Petra Gretsch, Peter Jordens, Clive Perdue and Marianne Starren 65–93
On the similarities of L1 and L2 acquisition: How German children anchor utterances in time
Petra Gretsch 95–117
Negation and relational predicates in French and English as second languages
Patrizia Giuliano 119–157
The copula in learner Italian: Finiteness and verbal inflection
Giuliano Bernini 159–185
The interaction between the development of verb morphology and the acquisition of temporal adverbs of contrast: A longitudinal study in French, English and German L2
Sandra Benazzo 187–210
Merging scope particles: Word order variation and the acquisition of aussi and ook in a bilingual context
Aafke Hulk 211–234
Creole prototypes as basic varieties and inflectional morphology
Angelika Becker and Tonjes Veenstra 235–264
II. Anaphoric relations
Information structure in narratives and the role of grammaticised knowledge: A study of adult French and German learners of English
Mary Carroll and Monique Lambert 267–287
Acquiring the linkage between syntactic, semantic and informational roles in narratives by Spanish learners of German
Jorge Murcia-Serra 289–309
Gestures, referents, and anaphoric linkage in learner varieties
Marianne Gullberg 311–328
The development of anaphoric means to refer to space and entities in the acquisition of French by Polish learners
Marzena Watorek-Adorno 329–355
Subject index 357–359

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Bi- & Multilingualism
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114120
ISBN-13: 9781588114129
Pages: vi, 361 pp.
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