Download First Language Acquisition in Spanish: A Minimalist Approach by Gilda Socarras PDF

Download First Language Acquisition in Spanish: A Minimalist Approach by Gilda Socarras PDF

By Gilda Socarras

This ebook offers new insights into the purchase of useful different types in baby language. working in the Minimalist Framework (Chomsky 1995) it examines specifically the supply of Determiner words within the grammar of children buying Spanish as a primary language.

The research finds an interplay in baby grammar round the creation of naked nominals, proto-determiners and whole determiner words. Socarrás plays either qualitative and quantitative analyses to indicate to a hyperlink among the improvement levels youngsters battle through, and the prevalence of those components of their speech.

The paintings is going directly to handle the language acquisition debate among the continuity and discontinuity hypotheses, aligning the findings with a end on how most sensible to organise the theory.

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2(b) the adjective is interpreted as an episodic or changeable characteristic of the subject, that is, Pedro has gained weight. This contrast will not be addressed in the present monograph but a comparison between the agreement patterns children establish in this structure versus those of the attributive one is presented. Finally, the data analysis will also include a discussion of the agreement patterns with clitic pronouns produced by the children. 2 illustrates the agreement paradigm for clitic pronouns.

In the next section, the topic of default values in child language is discussed. 2 A Default Value for Gender Traditionally it has been proposed that the unmarked value for the gender feature in Spanish grammar is masculine (Harris 1991). Support for this proposal is found in Teschner and Russell’s (1984) findings on the overwhelming dominance of the masculine gender in the Spanish language. In particular, the authors conducted an inversed dictionary study finding that the majority of morphological endings in Spanish are associated with the masculine gender.

Like in the other two versions of the task, two choices were given to the child as the seating place for the doll, for example, a pair of chairs or two bunches of grass. 6 Protocol: “Time to sit down” Story: A human doll (or the child’s favorite animal) indicated to the child that he was tired and needed to sit down. Doll: Estoy cansado. ¿Dónde me siento? ’ Child: En la silla or silla. ) Doll: ¡Au! ¡Esto pica! ¿Dónde me senté? ‘Ouch! This is itchy! ’ Child: En la hierba/*hierbas ‘On the grass/*grasses’ Doll: Oh, me equivoqué.

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