Editor: Veerle van Geenhoven, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Hardback: ISBN: 1402044844 Pages: 355 Price: Europe EURO 134.95
Hardback: ISBN: 1402044844 Pages: 355 Price: U.K. £ 104.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1402044844 Pages: 355 Price: U.S. $ 179.00
Semantics usually deals with adult language, and language acquisition usually is studied from the perspective of syntax or from a functional perspective, but not systematically from a formal semantic one.
This volume contains a collection of writings that focuses on semantic phenomena and their interpretation in the analysis of the language of a learner. The variety of phenomena that are addressed is substantial: temporal aspect and tense, specificity, quantification, scope, finiteness, focus structure, and focus particles. The number of languages in which these phenomena are investigated is very large as well: Dutch, English, German, Inuktitut, Italian, Japanese, and Polish, to name a few. The volume creates a theoretical as well as an empirical bridge between semantic research on the one hand and psycholinguistic acquisition studies on the other.