Person, Space and Time across Languages
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Children's Discourse by Maya Hickmann
Book DescriptionThis comparative study explores two central questions in the study of first language acquisition: What is the relative impact of structural and functional determinants? What is universal versus language-specific during development? Maya Hickmann addresses these questions in three domains of child language: reference to entities, the representation of space, and uses of temporal-aspectual markings. She provides a thorough review of different theoretical approaches to language acquisition and a wide range of developmental research, as well as examining all three domains in English, French, German and Chinese narratives. Hickmann's findings concern the rhythm of acquisition, the interplay among different factors (syntactic, semantic, pragmatic) determining children's uses, and universal versus variable aspects of acquisition. Her conclusions stress the importance of relating sentence and discourse determinants of acquisition in a crosslinguistic perspective. Children's Discourse will be welcomed by those working in psychology and language-related disciplines interested in first language acquisition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521584418
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maya Hickmann
Comparative Perspectives on Language Acquisition, Hardback (January 2012)
This book provides a broad view of second language acquisition, from initial to final stages. It does so within a comparative perspective that addresses results concerning adult and child learners across a variety of languages, in order to assess the relative weight of cognitive and typological determinants during language learning.
Children's Discourse, Paperback (June 2008)» View all books by Maya Hickmann
Addresses questions in the study of first language acquisition in three domains of child language.
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Author Biography - Maya Hickmann
Maya Hickmann is Research Director at Laboratoire Cognition et Developpement, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and University of Paris V.
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