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Title: The Acquisition of the DP in Modern Greek
Written By: Theodoros Marinis
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 31

This book offers new data on the acquisition of functional categories in early child speech. Based on longitudinal corpora of five children acquiring Modern Greek as their first language, it describes the development of single DPs consisting of definite and indefinite articles, complex DPs that require the use of multiple definite articles - possessive constructions, appositive constructions and Determiner Spreading, a form of adjectival modification - and number and case marking in nouns and definite articles. Detailed quantitative and qualitative analyses show an incremental development of the DP. The findings address the debate concerning maturation versus continuity. Incremental acquisition of the DP argues in favour of a weak continuity approach to language acquisition. Whilst gradual acquisition of the DP remains unexplained within the Principles and Parameters Theory, it is fully compatible within Minimalism, as it is argued to result from the gradual acquisition of the features associated with the Greek DP.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix
Preface xi
Abbreviations xiii
1. Acquisition theories and the acquisition of the DP 1–34
2. Methodology 35–54
3. The DP in Modern Greek 55–83
4. Acquiring the DP in MG 85–138
5. The acquisition of the possessive construction 139–164
6. The acquisition of Determiner Spreading 165–190
7. The acquisition of appositive constructions involving kinship terms and proper names 191–214
8. Summary and conclusion 215–225
References 227–237
Appendix 1 239–246
Appendix 2 247–253
Index 255–259

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Greek, Modern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114503
ISBN-13: 9781588114501
Pages: xiv, 261 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 142
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027225001
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Pages: xiv, 261 pp.
Prices: EUR 105.00