ERIC Number: EJ1079119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
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Reference Count: 50
Prosody and Animacy in the Development of Noun Determiner Use: A Cross-Linguistic Approach
Bassano, Dominique; Korecky-Kröll, Katharina; Maillochon, Isabelle; van Dijk, Marijn; Laaha, Sabine; van Geert, Paul; Dressler, Wolfgang U.
First Language, v33 n5 p476-503 Oct 2013
This study investigates prosodic (noun length) and lexical-semantic (animacy) influences on determiner use in the spontaneous speech of three children acquiring French, Austrian German and Dutch. In support of typological and language-specific hypotheses from the Germanic-Romance contrast, an advantage of monosyllabic nouns and of inanimate nouns for taking a determiner or filler was found in French, but not in Austrian German or Dutch. The authors discuss the possible contributory role of these factors on determiner acquisition from a cross-linguistic perspective, also accounting for more specific differences between Austrian German and Dutch.
Descriptors: Intonation, French, Form Classes (Languages), German, Indo European Languages, Romance Languages, Contrastive Linguistics, Nouns, Semantics, Language Acquisition, Foreign Countries, Language Variation, Role, Language Classification, Language Usage, Language Research, Speech Communication, Coding, Databases, Infants, Toddlers, Longitudinal Studies, Statistical Analysis, Suprasegmentals
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Identifiers - Location: Austria