Autor: Christine Dimroth
ISBN-13: 9783110216165
Veröffentl: 01.07.2015
Einband: Buch
Seiten: 347
Gewicht: 686 g
Format: 239x167x27 mm
Sprache: Englisch

Functional Categories in Learner Language

37, Studies on Language Acquisition
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Language acquisition is a human endeavor par excellence. As children, all human beings learn to understand and speak at least one language: their mother tongue. It is a process that seems to take place without any obvious effort. Second language learning, particularly among adults, causes more difficulty. The purpose of this series is to compile a collection of high-quality monographs on language acquisition. The series serves the needs of everyone who wants to know more about the problem of language acquisition in general and/or about language acquisition in specific contexts.
Language acquisition is a developmental process. Research on spontaneous processes of both children learning their mother tongue and adults learning a second language has shown that particular stages of acquisition can be discriminated. Initially, learner utterances can be accounted for in terms of a language system that is relatively simple. In studies on second language acquisition this learner system is called the Basic Variety (Klein and Perdue 1997). Utterance structure of the Basic Variety is determined by a grammar which consists of lexical structures that are constrained, for example, by semantic principles such as "The NP-referent with highest control comes first" and a pragmatic principle such as "Focus expression last". At some point in acquisition this lexical-semantic system is given up in favour of a target-like system with morpho-syntactic features to express the functional properties of finiteness, topicality, the determiner system, etc. Insights into how this process evolves may also provide an answer to the question of why it takes place. Within this functional perspective on language acquisition research focuses on questions such as the following.1. What is the driving force behind the process that causes learners to give up a simple lexical-semantic system in favour of a morpho-syntactic functional category system?2. What is the added value of morpho-syntactic properties of inflection, word-order variation, definiteness and agreement?3. Why is it that in cases of specific language impairment it is mainly morpho-syntactic properties of the target language that are affected?
Editiert von: Christine Dimroth, Peter Jordens
Christine Dimroth, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Peter Jordens , Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,The Netherlands.

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Autor: Christine Dimroth
ISBN-13:: 9783110216165
ISBN: 3110216167
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.07.2015
Verlag: de Gruyter Mouton
Gewicht: 686g
Seiten: 347
Sprache: Englisch
Altersempfehlung: 22 - 22 Jahre
Sonstiges: Buch, 239x167x27 mm, Num. figs. and tabs.