Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics

The Acquisition of Verb Placement

Functional Categories and V2 Phenomena in Language Acquisition

Editors: Meisel, J. (Ed.)

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other aspects of developing grammars. And this is, indeed, what the contributions to this volume do. Parameterization of functional categories may, however, be understood in different ways, even if one shares the dual assumptions that substantive elements (verbs, nouns, etc. ) are present in all grammars and that X-bar principles are part of the grammatical knowledge available to the child prior to language-specific learning processes. From these assumptions it follows that the child should, from early on, be able to construct projections on the basis of these elements. The role of functional categories, however, may still be interpreted differently. One possibility, first suggested by Radford (1986, 1990) and by Guilfoyle and Noonan (1988), is that children must discover which functional categories (FC) need to be implemented in the grammar of the language they are acquiring. Another possibility, first explored by Hyams (1986), is that a specific category is present in developing grammars but that parameter values are set in a way deviating from the target adult grammar, corresponding, however, to options realized in other adult systems. A third option would be that these categories might be specified differently in developing as opposed to mature grammars. All three are explored in the papers collected in this volume. Before outlining the various hypotheses in more detail, however, I would like briefly to sketch the grammatical context in which the following debate is situated. 2.

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'In sum, the book is an important contribution to the field of language acquisition and is a must for anyone with a serious interest in the role of Universal Grammar in language development.' Studies in Second Language Acquisition 16:3 1994

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Functional Categories and Verb Placement in Language Development

    Pages 1-21

    Meisel, Jürgen M.

  • The Acquisition of the Morphosyntax of Finite Verbs in English

    Pages 23-62

    Radford, Andrew

  • Functional Categories and Early Swedish

    Pages 63-82

    Platzack, Christer

  • Accessing Functional Categories in Sesotho: Interactions at the Morpho-Syntax Interface

    Pages 83-107

    Demuth, Katherine

  • Finiteness and Verb Placement in Early Child Grammars: Evidence from Simultaneous Acquisition of French and German in Bilinguals

    Pages 109-138

    Meisel, Jürgen M. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Acquisition of Verb Placement
Book Subtitle
Functional Categories and V2 Phenomena in Language Acquisition
Editors
  • J. Meisel
Series Title
Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Series Volume
16
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-2803-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-2803-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-5245-0
Series ISSN
1873-0043
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 455
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