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Children's Discourse

Children's Discourse
Person, Space and Time across Languages

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521584418

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  • Psycholinguist Maya Hickmann presents an original comparative study of discourse development in English, French, German, and Chinese. Hickmann discusses the main theoretical issues in the study of first language acquisition and provides a wide review of available studies in three domains of child language: person, space and time. Her findings concern the rhythm of language acquisition, its formal and functional determinants, and its universal vs. language-specific aspects. The conclusions stress the importance of relating sentence and discourse determinants of acquisition in a crosslinguistic perspective.

    • Provides a synthetic presentation of the main theoretical issues and approaches in the study of first language acquisition
    • Provides a broad review of findings from available developmental research
    • Presents new original crosslinguistic results concerning different domains of discourse development
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    Review of the hardback: '… this book remains one of the most impressive in the field of language acquisition. The richness of the data from four different languages is truly striking, and linguists in almost any subfield of linguistics are guaranteed to learn much of value from this book.' Linguistics

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    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521584418
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 161 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.822kg
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Available Theories and Data:
    2. Theoretical issues
    3. Crosslinguistic invariants and variations
    4. Coherence and cohesion in discourse development
    5. Children's marking of information status: referring expressions and clause structure
    6. The acquisition of spatial and temporal-aspectual devices
    Part II. A Crosslinguistic Study of Children's Narratives:
    7. Methodological issues
    8. Animate entities
    9. Space
    10. Time
    11. Conclusions
    Appendix.

  • Author

    Maya Hickmann, Université de Paris V
    Maya Hickmann is Research Director at Laboratoire Cognition et Développement, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and University of Paris V.

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