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Title: Studies in the Acquisition of Deictic Terms
Written By: Christine Tanz
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 26
Description:

Language is spoken at a particular time, in a particular place, by a
particular person; and certain words, the deictic terms, can only be fully
defined by recourse to this extra-linguistic context. Consequently many
linguists considered deixis as something peripheral in the working language
and its central importance in what Quine has called the ontogenesis of
reference has only recently been recognised. In these studies Dr. Tanz
investigates children’s acquisition of the deictic distinctions involved in
the (single) personal pronouns, the spatial terms in back of and in front
of, the verbs come and go, the demonstratives and the locatives here and
there. Her experimental work leads to a number of important methodological
insights and is the basis of a broad discussion of semantic development. In
particular, she evaluates a number of current influential hypotheses,
notably those of H. Clark and E. Clark. The volume will be of interest to
psychologists and linguists and particularly to researchers in child language.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
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ISBN-13: 9780521103237
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