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ERIC Number: EJ791464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
The Acquisition of German Relative Clauses: A Case Study
Brand, Silke; Diessel, Holger; Tomasello, Michael
Journal of Child Language, v35 n2 p325-348 May 2008
This paper investigates the development of relative clauses in the speech of one German-speaking child aged 2 ; 0 to 5 ; 0. The earliest relative clauses we found in the data occur in topicalization constructions that are only a little different from simple sentences: they contain a single proposition, express the actor prior to other participants, assert new information and often occur with main-clause word order. In the course of the development, more complex relative constructions emerge, in which the relative clause is embedded in a fully-fledged main clause. We argue that German relative clauses develop in an incremental fashion from simple non-embedded sentences that gradually evolve into complex sentence constructions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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