Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics

Embedded V-To-C in Child Grammar: The Acquisition of Verb Placement in Swiss German

Authors: Schönenberger, Manuela

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How children acquire competence in verb placement in languages in which verb placement in matrix clauses does not coincide with that in embedded clauses is not well understood. Verb-Second languages like German and Dutch display the verb-final pattern in embedded clauses, which can be confusing for a developing child. This book addresses this problem in the context of Swiss German, itself a Germanic dialect.
Numerous examples are given of natural language produced by two children who were consistently followed between the ages of 4 and 6. Unexpectedly, since previous literature has suggested that children master verb placement very early in their linguistic development, these children move the verb in any type of embedded clause, leading to many verb-placement errors.
After introducing the problem and describing the data in detail, a technical analysis is developed in terms of a minimally split-CP, which is rather successful in accounting for these data.
The book should interest advanced students and researchers in both language acquisition and syntax.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Embedded V-To-C in Child Grammar: The Acquisition of Verb Placement in Swiss German
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Series Volume
27
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0798-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0798-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7086-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7186-1
Series ISSN
1873-0043
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 412
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