A Functional Approach to Child Language: A Study of Determiners and Reference

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 258 pages
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When A Functional Approach to Child Language first appeared in hardback in 1979, it was quickly recognized as a research report of the first rank and a timely, critical exposition of Piaget's views on language and thought. Whilst accepting the fundamental importance of Piaget's epistemology, the author argues that language acquisition will only be adequately explained if such an epistemology is explicitly focused on children's constructive interaction with their linguistic environment. In her own experimental work on referential expressions, Dr Karmiloff-Smith is concerned with the problem of ad-hoc experiment-generated behaviour and the analysis of children's normal language procedures. The results are carefully analysed and have significant theoretical implications. The volume as a whole makes a substantial contribution to child language studies and will be of interest to students of linguistics and of developmental and experimental psychology, and to those following advanced courses in language acquisition and child development.
 

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Contents

THE PLACE OF LANGUAGE IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT
1
The Piagetian position
3
Some unresolved problems
11
About this book
19
DETERMINERS AND REFERENCE
22
Previous experimental approaches
34
INTRODUCTION TO THE EXPERIMENTAL DATA
45
The experimental dilemma
54
story completion
141
PRODUCTION EXPERIMENTS GENDERINDICATING FUNCTION OF DETERMINERS
148
grammatical natural and phonological clues
151
COMPREHENSION EXPERIMENTS DEITICS EXOPHORIC AND QUANTIFIER FUNCTIONS OF DETERMINERS
170
story comprehension
185
the parking lots
192
COMPREHENSION EXPERIMENTS ANAPHORIC FUNCTION OF DETERMINERS
200
same and another
206

Experimental approach
59
PRODUCTION EXPERIMENTS DEICTIC EXOPHORIC AND QUANTIFIER FUNCTIONS OF DETERMINERS
64
hide and seek
72
the parking lots
87
What did I do?
114
PRODUCTION EXPERIMENTS ANAPHORIC FUNCTION OF DETERMINERS
123
SYNTHESIS OF THE CHILDS ACQUISITION OF THE PLURIFUNCTIONALITY OF DETERMINERS
214
GENERAL IMPLICATIONS FOR LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
228
Bibliography
242
Index
252
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