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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.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Verb - frequency - grammar - language - morphology - semantics - subject - umbrellaprod
Introduction - Natalia Gagarina and Insa Gülzow Part 1: Language-specific impact on the acquisition of Hebrew
Acquisition of Verb-Argument Structure in a Developmental Perspective: Evidence from Child Hebrew - Sigal Uziel-Karl
Subject Use and the Acquisition of Verbal Agreement in Hebrew - Sharon Armon-Lotem Part 2: Language-specific variation in the development of predication and verb semantics
Strategies in the L1-Acquisition of Predication: The Copula Construction in German and Croatian - Christine Czinglar et al.
Why Not All Verbs Are Learned Equally - Natsuko Tsujimura Part 3: Stages and the role of semantic bootstrapping in the acquisition of the verb and its grammar
Dynamic Event Words, Motion Events and the Transition to Verb Meanings - Ellen Herr-Israel and Lorraine McCune
The Early Stages of Verb Acquisition in English, German and Spanish - David Ingram et al.
Finiteness in Children and Adults Learning Dutch - Peter Jordens and Christine Dimroth Part 4: Language-specific variation and the role of frequency
The Acquisition of Voice Morphology in Jakarta Indonesian - David Gil
Analytical and Synthetic Verb Constructions in Russian and English Child Language - Insa Gülzow and Natalia Gagarina Part 5: Language-specific and learner-specific peculiarities in the development of the verb and its grammar
The Acquisition of Verbal Inflection in Estonian - Marilyn May Vihman and Maigi Vija
Grammatical Role of French First Verbs - Claire Martinot
Speaker and Hearer Reference in Russian Speaking Children - Dorota Kiebzak-Mandera