Extending the tradition of this series, which has become a standard reference work in language acquisition, this volume contains chapters on seven more languages, including a section on ergative languages. Languages in this volume include:
* K'iche Mayan
"…well written and worthy of careful consideration by scholars of language acquisition….the chapters in this volume add to the wealth of information provided in the first two volumes….these pioneers of the crosslinguistic approach to the study of language acquisition are to be commended for initiating invaluable work…"
"…impressive and rich in detail. The series is indispensable reading for anyone engaged in language acquisition, and will remain invaluable handbooks for researchers."
—Language in Society
"…the work in Slobin's volume represents an enormous contribution to the field of language acquisition, and to our understanding of linguistic universals."
Contents: D.I. Slobin, Introduction. Part I:Ergative Languages. R.D. Van Valin, Jr., An Overview of Ergative Phenomena and Their Implications for Language Acquisition. N. Imedadze, K. Tuite, The Acquisition of Georgian. M. Fortescue, L.L. Olsen, The Acquisition of West Greenlandic. C. Pye, The Acquisition of K'iche Maya. E.L. Bavin, The Acquisition of Warlpiri. Part II:Non-Ergative Languages. M.S. Erbaugh, The Acquisition of Mandarin. K. Plunkett, S. Stromqvist, The Acquisition of Scandinavian Languages. K. Demuth, The Acquisition of Sesotho.