1st Edition

The Prefunctional Stage of First Language Acquistion (RLE Linguistics C: Applied Linguistics)
A Crosslinguistic Study

ISBN 9781138989726
Published December 18, 2015 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a theory of first language acquisition in the syntactic framework of the theory of Universal Grammar. It addresses issues related to the earliest stage of development which ends roughly around the child’s second birthday. The theory put forward capitalises on the traditional observation that early child grammars characteristically lack lexical and morphological elements which belong to the ‘closed-class’ system. This book provides an account of the grammatical differences between the set of functional categories and the substantive categories.

Table of Contents

1. The Theoretical Framework  2. Aspect  3. Agreement and Null Arguments  4. Word-Order  5. Negation and Modality  6. Summary and Further Issues

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