Syntactic development, its input and output

Anat Ninio

Anat Ninio's important new book places the syntactic learning process under close scrutiny. The focus is on the characteristics of the linguistic input and resultant output, which, she shows, are surprisingly similar in their global features. Unique to this book is its reliance on very large English corpora of parental speech and child utterances, hand-analyzed for core grammatical relations, revealing surprising new facts about the input and output of syntactic development. Drawing on mainstream linguistic theory (the Minimalist Program, Dependency Grammar), Complexity Theory (self-organization), and quantitative linguistics (corpus-based linguistics, Zipf curves), it analyzes the input and output languages both theoretically and empirically, building on the contribution of the different source theories in a detailed and explicit manner. This book presents a highly novel perspective on the acquisition of syntax, one which will be required reading for those in the field of developmental psycholinguistics.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Core syntactic relations
  • 2. Registers and corpora
  • 3. Verbs
  • 4. Input and output
  • 5. Frequencies

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書名 Syntactic development, its input and output
著作者等 Ninio, Anat
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 x, 244 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780199565962
NCID BB0546214X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス