First Language Acquisition of Morphology and Syntax: Perspectives Across Languages and Learners

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Pedro Guijarro Fuentes, María Pilar Larrañaga, John Clibbens
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 302 pages
The papers comprising this volume focus on a broad range of acquisition phenomena (subject dislocation, structural case, word order, determiners, pronouns, quantifiers and logical words) from different languages and language combinations. These include languages with large numbers of speakers (French, German, Spanish) and less frequently spoken ones (Norwegian, Russian, Swiss-German, Hebrew, Basque and Serbo-Croatian) within different language acquisition scenarios and a wide range of populations. Most contributions adopt a common theoretical background within the generative approach with the aim to advance, discuss and critically analyse other research on first, bilingual and language impaired acquisition. The various sections of this stimulating volume reflect different theoretical and methodological perspectives of current research investigating morphology and syntax and offer diverging interpretations.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Leftdislocated subjects
The development and interaction of Case and Number in early Russian
Verb movement and subject placement in the acquisition of word order
Three acquisition puzzles and the relation between input and output
The acquisition of universal quantifiers in Spanish
Subjectobject asymmetry in childrens comprehension of sentences containing logical words
On the vulnerability of the left periphery in FrenchGerman balanced bilingual language acquisition
The subjects of unaccusative verbs in bilingual BasqueSpanish children
Dominance mixing and crosslinguistic influence
A crosslinguistic analysis of binding in Down syndrome
Balanced bilingual children with two weak languages
Afterword
Index of subjects
The series Language Acquisition and Language Disorders
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