The Acquisition of Creole Languages : How Children Surpass their Input.

The first study into how children acquire Creoles as their first language in the absence of a conventional language model.

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Main Author: Adone, Dany
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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Table of Contents:
  • Cover; The Acquisition of Creole Languages; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Figures; Tables; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1: Creole languages; INTRODUCTION; CREOLISATION REVISITED; MORISYEN; SESELWA; THE SCOPE AND GOALS OF THIS STUDY; 2: Issues in first language acquisition; INTRODUCTION; INNATENESS; THE LOGICAL PROBLEM OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; NEGATIVE EVIDENCE; LANGUAGE ACQUISITION MODELS; CASES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; Language deprivation; Language invention; Language acquisition with a conventional language model; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 3: Complex Creole syntax; INTRODUCTION.
  • PRONOUNS AND REFLEXIVESDOUBLE-OBJECT CONSTRUCTIONS; PASSIVE CONSTRUCTIONS; SERIAL VERB CONSTRUCTIONS; Directional serials; Argument-introducing serials; Aspectual serials; Serials of degree; Causative serials; Argument-introducing serials ('take' in first position); Resultative serials; Multiple verb constructions; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 4: Child Creole data; INTRODUCTION; TYPES OF DATA; METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES; Research design; The population; Training and practice sessions; Materials; Rationale for the research methods; EXPERIMENTS ON COMPREHENSION, PRODUCTION AND JUDGMENT; Comprehension data.
  • Production dataJudgment data; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 5: Pronouns and reflexives; INTRODUCTION; PRONOUNS AND REFLEXIVES IN FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; SPONTANEOUS DATA; EXPERIMENTS; Previous work on binding with Morisyen-speaking children; Binding with Seselwa children; Experimental questions; Control questions; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 6: Double-object constructions; INTRODUCTION; DITRANSITIVE VERBS IN FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; SPONTANEOUS DATA; EXPERIMENTS; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 7: Passive constructions; INTRODUCTION; PASSIVE IN FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; SPONTANEOUS DATA; EXPERIMENTS.
  • Comprehension experimentProduction experiment; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 8: Serial verb constructions; INTRODUCTION; SERIAL VERB CONSTRUCTIONS IN FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; SPONTANEOUS DATA; EXPERIMENTS; CONCLUDING REMARKS; 9 Acquisition without a conventional language model; INTRODUCTION; THE ACQUISITION OF COMPLEX STRUCTURES; GOING BEYOND INPUT: THE ROLE OF CHILDREN IN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION; PROSPECTS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH; Appendix A: Experimental materials on constructions with pronouns and reflexives; Appendix B: Experimental materials on double-object constructions.
  • Appendix C: Experimental materials on passive constructionsAppendix D: Experimental materials on serial verb constructions; References; Index.