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Constructions in Acquisition

The Acquisition of Constructions is the culmination of new research into constructions of grammar in languages as diverse as Cantonese, English, French, German, Mandarin, Thai, and Tzeltal. The contributors, all noted scholars in the field of construction grammar, investigate the acquisition of constructions—that is, the consistent patterns for combining words and phrases within a language—in children, from the first and most rudimentary gesture combinations to the production of larger syntactic constructions and complex clauses. Timely and comprehensive, it will be a superb resource for scholars of syntax.

346 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2006

Lecture Notes

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics


Table of Contents

Contributors
 
1   Constructions and Acquisition
      EVE V. CLARK & BARBARA F. KELLY
 
2   The Development of Constructions Through Early Gesture Use
     BARBARA F. KELLY
 
3   How Gesture Helps Children Construct Language
     SEYDA ÖZÇALISKAN & SUSAN occurrence
 
4   Frequent Frames: Simple Co-occurence Constructions and Their Links to
     Linguistic Structure
     TOBEN H. MINTZ
 
5   Producing Multiword Utterances
     ELENA LIEVEN
 
6   The Acquisition of Verb Compounding in Mandarin
     JIDONG CHEN
 
7   From Holophrases to Abstract Grammatical Constructions: Insights from
     Simulation Studies
     PETER F. DOMINEY
 
8   Interim Solutions: The Acquisition of Early Verb Constructions in Hindi
     NANCY BUDWIG, BHUVANA NARASIMHAN & SMITA 
      SRIVASTAVA
   
9   Learning Argument Structure Constructions
     ADELE E. GOLDBERG & DEVIN CASENHISER
 
10 Causative Alternation Errors as Event-Driven Construction Paradigm
     Completions
     JEAN-PHILIPPE MARCOTTE
 
11 Caused Motion Constuctions and Semantic Generality in Early Acquisition of 
     French
     FLORENCE CHENU & HARRIET JISA
 
12 Interactions in the Development of Constructions and the Acquisition of Word
     Meanings
     JUDITH C. GOODMAN & NITYA SETHURAMAN
 
13 Building Questions in Cantonese
     STEPHANIE F. STROKES & ANITA M.-Y. WONG
 
14 The Acquisition of Complement Clause Constructions
      EVAN KIDD
 
Name Index
Topic Index

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