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Title: The Acquisition of French in Different Contexts
Subtitle: Focus on functional categories
Edited By: Philippe Prévost
Johannes Paradis
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD_32
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 32

This volume is a collection of studies by some of the foremost researchers of French acquisition in the generative framework. It provides a unique perspective on cross-learner comparative research in that each chapter examines the development of one component of the grammar (functional categories) across different contexts in French learners: i.e. first language acquisition, second language acquisition, bilingual first language acquisition and specifically-language impaired acquisition. This permits readers to see how similar issues and morphosyntactic properties can be investigated in a range of various acquisition situations, and in turn, how each context can contribute to our general understanding of how these morphosyntactic properties are acquired in all learners of the same language. This state-of-the-art collection is enhanced by an introductory chapter that provides background on current formal generative theory, as well as a summary and synthesis of the major trends emerging from the individual studies regarding the acquisition of different functional categories across different learner contexts in French.

Table of contents

List of contributors vii
Functional categories in the acquisition of French
Johanne Paradis and Philippe Prévost 1–23
I. L1 and SLI
Functional categories and the acquisition of distance quantification
Marie Labelle and Daniel Valois 27–49
Apparent non-nominative subjects in L1 French
Cécile De Cat 51–88
Comparing L2 and SLI grammars in child French: Focus on DP
Johanne Paradis and Martha Crago 89–107
Comparing the development of the nominal and the verbal functional domain in French Language Impairment
Cornelia Hamann 109–144
II. SLA and bilingualism
On the L2/bilingual acquisition of French by two young children with different source languages
Adriana Belletti and Cornelia Hamann 147–174
Explaining the acquisition and non-acquisition of determiner-noun gender concord in French and Spanish
Roger Hawkins and Florencia Franceschina 175–205
Functional categories and the acquisition of object clitics in L2 French
Julia Herschensohn 207–242
The acquisition of the French DP in a bilingual context
Aafke Hulk 243–274
Null-arguments in bilingual children: French topics
Natascha Müller 275–304
The semantic and aspectual properties of child L2 root infinitives
Philippe Prévost 305–331
Cliticisation in the acquisition of French as L1 and L2
Jonas Granfeldt and Suzanne Schlyter 333–370
Name index 371–375
Subject index 377–381

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114554
ISBN-13: 9781588114556
Pages: viii, 384 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027252912
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: viii, 384 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00