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Title: Auch and noch in Child and Adult German
Written By: Ulrike Nederstigt
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition
Description:

"Auch and noch in child and adult German" is an empirical study of the early acquisition of "auch" (also) and "noch" (also/still) in German, and the adult use of these additive particles in spoken language. It centres around the question of how children acquire these particles, but it also investigates the way in which adults use these particles in order to determine what children actually have to learn and what the input they get is like. Previous studies on focus particles in adult German mainly focused on the semantic and syntactic properties of primarily constructed examples. Based on several corpora of spoken German, this is the first comprehensive study of natural language data that systematically analyses the intonation of focus particle utterances as well as their semantic, syntactic and information structural properties. The study of the child data, an extensive longitudinal corpus of one German child, was carried out against the background of the adult data. It offers a thorough characterisation of the acquisition of the two additive particles that also takes into account results from previous studies on the acquisition of focus particles, mainly on their comprehension. In addition to studying the acquisition of these particles, the author also introduces an analysis of focus particles that emphasises the differences between stressed and unstressed particles, which makes this book not only interesting to researchers in language acquisition and psycholinguistics, but also to those interested in phonology/prosody, semantics, syntax, and information structure.

From the Contents

1. INTRODUCTION
1.1. FOCUS PARTICLE IN GERMAN - A FIRST ANALYSIS
1.2. ACUIRING FOCUS PARTICLES
1.3. SOME DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AUCH AND NOCH IN ADULT GERMAN
1.4. CONSTRUCTED EXAMPLES VS. NATURAL DISCOURSE
1.5. RATIONALE OF THIS STUDY
1.6. ORGANISATION OF THIS BOOK

PART I

2. FOCUS PARTICLES - A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
2.1. INTRODUCTION
2.2. THE MEANING OF AUCH AND NOCH
2.3. THE SYNTAX OF AUCH AND NOCH
2.4. THE PROSODY OF FOCUS PARTICLE UTTERANCES
2.5. INFORMATION STRUCTURE, FOCUS AND THE DOMAIN OF APPLICATION
2.6. CONCLUSION

3. AUCH AND NOCH IN SPOKEN GERMAN - AIM, DATA AND METHOD OF THE STUDY
3.1. THE AIM OF THE STUDY
3.2. THE DATA
3.3. THE METHODN

4. RESULTS
4.1. UANTITATIVE RESULTS
4.2. UALITATIVE RESULTS

5. CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION
5.1. USAGE PATTERNS OF Auch AND Noch
5.2. THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION
5.3. INTONATION OF Auch- AND Noch-UTTERANCES
5.4. THE MEANING OF Auch AND Noch
5.5. THE SYNTAX OF Auch AND Noch
5.6. THE ANALYSIS OF FOCUS PARTICLES

6. AN ALTERNATIVE ANALYSIS
6.1. PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS
6.2. THE ANALYSIS OF AUCH
6.3. THE ANALYSIS FOR auch

PART II

7. CHILD LANGUAGE - AIM, DATA AND METHOD
7.1. INTRODUCTION
7.2. THE DATA
7.3. ANALYSING CHILD LANGUAGE

8. RESULTS
8.1. UANTITATIVE RESULTS
8.2. UALITATIVE RESULTS

9. THE ACUISITION OF AUCH AND NOCH
9.1. A FIRST COMPARISON
9.2. THE ACUISITION OF AUCH AND NOCH
9.3. CONSEUENCES FOR THE ACUISITION OF THE TWO PARTICLES
9.4. THE ACUISITION OF AUCH AND NOCH IN CHILD LANGUAGE
9.5. SUMMARY

10. GENERAL CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION
10.1. THE EMPIRICAL STUDY OF ADULT SPOKEN GERMAN
10.2. THE ALTERNATIVE ANALYSIS OF AUCH AND Auch
10.3. THE TWO PARTICLES IN CHILD LANGUAGE
10.4. LEARNING HOW TO USE Auch AND Noch
10.5. FUTURE RESEARCH



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Publication Year: 2004
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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