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Title: A functional account of verb use in the early stages of English multiword development
Author: Thea Ruth Cameron-Faulkner
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Institution: University of Manchester
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The present study investigates flexibility of verb use in the early stages of English multiword development, and its relationship with patterns attested in the input. The data is taken from a case study of a monolingual English-speaking boy aged 2 ; 5–2 ; 9 and his mother while engaged in daily activities in the home. Data were coded according to Halliday's (1975) functional system. The findings suggest that early multiword verb use is functionally restricted and closely tied to verb use in the input.

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This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 39, Issue 4.

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