First language acquisition is an integral component of linguistics research. If one can understand a child's ability to learn a language, one can better understand the social and phonological implications of the complexities of language.
This volume displays researchers' findings on first language acquisition in a variety of the world's languages, reflecting the diversity of interests in the field and the range of languages being studied. Contributors discuss a range of topics in first language acquisition, including children's use of tense, their ability to formulate coherent clarification requests, and their knowledge of word order. Other topics examined include the difficulties experienced by a bilingual child, the difference between the rhythmic characteristics of children compared to adults, and children's ability to learn inflectional agreement from parental speech. The studies included in this volume were presented at the 30th Child Language Research Forum held at Stanford University in 1999.
1. Assessing children's knowledge of word order with familiar and novel verbs Nameera Akhtar and Raquel Jaakkola; 2. Developments in theory of mind and evidentiality Ayhan Aksu-Koc and Didem Mersin Alici; 3. Modal reference in children's root infinitives Misha Becker and Nina Hyams; 4. Isolated words in mothers' speech to infants Michael R. Brent and Jeffrey Mark Siskind; 5. Differential effects of phonology and morphology in children's orthographic systems Steven Gillis and Dorit Ravid; 6. Evidential final particles in child Cantonese Thomas Hun-tak Lee and Ann Law; 7. Tense and aspect in French-speaking children's written and oral narratives Catherine Leger; 8. Lexical specificity in children's early language and its relation to lexical patterning in the input Elena Lieven and Anna Theakston; 9. Typological differences and the development of representations in speech and gesture Asli Ozyurek and Seyda Ozcaliskan; 10. The acquisition of tense/aspect and the cline of grammaticalization Hrafnhildur Ragnarsdottir, Sven Stromqvist and Asa Nordqvist; 11. The acquisition of causative morphology Yasuhiro Shirai, Susanne Miyata, Norio Naka and Yoshiko Sakazaki; 12. Studying on-line sentence processing in children John C. Trueswell, Irina Sekerina, Nicole M. Hill and Marian Logrip; 13. The early make-up of children's verb lexicons Sigal Uziel-Karl; 14. The bilingual child Colleen Wapole; 15. How Cantonese-speaking two-year-olds fend for themselves through the thicket of classifiers Cathy S. P. Wong; 16. Compounding and inflection in Finnish child language Farrell Ackerman and Sirkka Vanttila; 17. The acquisition of Japanese prosody Katsura Aoyama; 18. The phonetics and phonology of minimal words in child speech John Archibald and Tim Mills; 19. Gradual learning algorithm predicts acquisition order Paul Boersma and Clara C. Levelt; 20. He descended legs-upwards Penelope Brown; 21. A twin study of early vocabulary and grammatical development Jennifer Ganger, Steven Pinker, Allison Baker and Sonia Chawla; 22. The givenness hierarchy and acquisition of referring expressions in English and Spanish Jeanette K. Gundel, Sherri Page and Maria Sera; 23. A contextual analysis of a Japanese two-year-old's non-specific clarification requests Naomi Hamasaki; 24. Do children ever learn about linguistic gender? Yonata Levy; 25. High-dimensional semantic space and the acquisition of word meaning Ping Li, Kimberly Getty and Ashley Diefendorf; 26. Aren't two children always alike? Julien Musolino; 27. Learning inflectional agreement from parental speech Tony C. Smith; 28. Cross-situational observation and the semantic bootstrapping hypothesis Jesse Snedeker; 29. Acquisition of Turkish word order Karin Stromswold and Natalie Batman-Ratyosyan; 30. Tone sandhi as evidence for segmentation in Taiwanese Jane Tsay, Xiao-Jun Chen and James Myers.
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