Date: 26-Jul-2005 From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com> Subject: The Acquisition of Japanese Numeral Classifiers: Yamamoto
Title: The Acquisition of Japanese Numeral Classifiers
Subtitle: The Case of Japanese Children
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition 27
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Author: Kasumi Yamamoto, William College, Massachusetts, USA.
Hardback: ISBN: 3110183676 Pages: vi, 205 Price: U.S. $ 109.20 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Hardback: ISBN: 3110183676 Pages: vi, 205 Price: Europe EURO 78.00
The book is about the numeral classifier system and the acquisition of Japanese classifiers by Japanese children.
The Acquisition of Japanese Numeral Classifiers consists of two parts. First, it provides a general typological characterization of numeral classifier phrases and discusses problems in determining what constitutes the nature of classifiers. It also discusses the semantic properties of numeral classifiers based on an analysis of four languages from four different language families. Second, it examines the acquisitions of Japanese numeral classifiers by Japanese preschool children, ages 3 to 6, with a primary emphasis on the development of comprehension. The importance of the study is that it reveals that young children have a much greater sensitivity to the conceptual underpinnings of the numeral classifier system than was previously considered to be the case. The research results also provide a converging source of evidence that young children often come to initially grasp the structure of the world in ways that are better understood in cognitive than perceptual terms. The implications will contribute to not only the area of language acquisition but also categorization and conceptual development.
Of interest to: Libraries, Advanced Students and Researchers in General Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Typology, Japanese Studies