Table of contents
Language-specific impact on the acquisition of Hebrew
Language-specific variation in the development of predication and verb semantics
Stages in the development of verb grammar and the role of semantic bootstrapping
Language-specific variation and the role of frequency
Language-specific and learner-specific peculiarities in the development of verbs and their grammar
About this book
This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar.
The selection of papers gives empirical evidence from a wide variety of languages including Hebrew, German, Croatian, Japanese, English, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Estonian, Russian and French.
Findings are interpreted with a focus on cross-linguistic similarities and differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or usage-based approach.
Currently debated topics, such as the role of frequency, as well as traditional ones such as bootstrapping are integrated into the presentation of language-specific, learner-specific and more general properties of the acquisition process.
The papers are united by their focus on discovering what determines rule-governed behavior in language learners who are coming to terms with the grammar of verbs.