Date: 21-Apr-2006 From: Jasper de Vaal <jasper.devaalspringer-sbm.com> Subject: The Acquisition of Verbs and their Grammar: Gagarina, Gülzow (Eds)
Title: The Acquisition of Verbs and their Grammar
Subtitle: The Effect of Particular Languages
Series Title: Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Editor: Natalia Gagarina, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Typologie und Universalienforschung
Editor: Insa Gülzow, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Typologie und Universalienforschung
Hardback: ISBN: 1402043341 Pages: 347 Price: Europe EURO 129.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1402043341 Pages: 347 Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1402043341 Pages: 347 Price: U.S. $ 169.00
This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar. The selection of papers gives empirical evidence from a wide variety of languages including Hebrew, German, Croatian, Japanese, English, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Estonian, Russian and French. Findings are interpreted with a focus on cross-linguistic similarities and differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or usage-based approach.
Currently debated topics, such as the role of frequency, as well as traditional ones such as bootstrapping are integrated into the presentation of language-specific, learner-specific and more general properties of the acquisition process.
The papers are united by their focus on discovering what determines rule-governed behavior in language learners who are coming to terms with the grammar of verbs.