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ERIC Number: EJ1079119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria
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