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Ravid, Dorit – Journal of Child Language, 2006
The paper examines the nominal lexicon in later language acquisition as a window on linguistic knowledge and usage across childhood and adolescence. The paper presents a psycholinguistically motivated and cognitively grounded analysis of the distribution of ten semantic noun categories (the Noun Scale) across development, modality, and genre.…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Semantics, Nouns, Linguistics
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Wells, Bill; Peppe, Sue; Goulandris, Nata – Journal of Child Language, 2004
Research undertaken to date suggests that important developments in the understanding and use of intonation may take place after the age of 5;0. The present study aims to provide a more comprehensive account of these developments. A specially designed battery of prosodic tasks was administered to four groups of thirty children, from London (U.K.),…
Descriptors: Intonation, Children, Adolescents, Foreign Countries
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Demuth, Katherine; Machobane, 'Malillo; Moloi, Francina – Journal of Child Language, 2003
Theorists of language acquisition have long debated the means by which children learn the argument structure of verbs (e.g. Bowerman, 1974, 1990; Pinker, 1984, 1989; Tomasello, 1992). Central to this controversy has been the possible role of verb semantics, especially in learning which verbs undergo dative-shift alternation in languages like…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Verbs, Semantics, African Languages