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Prefabricated Input in Language Acquisition: The Syntax of Storybooks

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Beschreibung

Children's acquisition of often complex and versatile verb paradigms is a widely studied and diversely argued area in first language acquisition. Based on the findings of numerous input studies cognitive-functional, usage-based oriented linguists show how children's developing language skills syntactically mirror the ambient (spoken) language. Taking up this line of research, the author presents detailed, corpus-based analyses of verb complementation patterns found in English storybooks, a source of input language so far unconsidered. Lexical verbs are categorised according to their degree of transitivity; frequencies of occurrence are then compared within and across categories and contrasted with the findings of other input studies. Furthermore, the occurrence of modal verbs and passive constructions is investigated. The current work thus offers insights into structural differences and similarities between the spontaneous spoken and the "prefabricated" written(-to-be-read) language that English-speaking children encounter early in their lives. It contributes to a growing body of studies suggesting that general cognitive abilities are sufficient for first language acquisition.

Autorentext

Barb Breustedt studied English, Spanish and Economics (with aspecial focus on the Theory of Social and Economic Organisationin Developing Countries) at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen,Germany. She finished her dissertation in English linguistics atthe University of Zurich, graduating as Dr. phil. in 2007.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Prefabricated Input in Language Acquisition: The Syntax of Storybooks
Untertitel: A Corpus-based Study of English Verb Complementation Patterns and Their Acquisition
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EAN: 9783838101163
ISBN: 978-3-8381-0116-3
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften AG
Genre: Allgemeine und vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 216
Gewicht: 340g
Größe: H220mm x B150mm x T13mm
Jahr: 2015