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Books: The Acquisition of Creole Languages: Adone

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Date: 29-Nov-2012
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Subject: The Acquisition of Creole Languages: Adone
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Title: The Acquisition of Creole LanguagesSubtitle: How Children Surpass their InputPublication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Dany Adone

Hardback: ISBN: 9780521199650 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 99.00


How do children acquire a Creole as their first language? This relativelyunderexplored question is the starting point for this first book of its kind;it also asks how first language acquisition of a Creole differs from that of anon-Creole language. Dany Adone reveals that in the absence of a conventionallanguage model, Creole children acquire language and go beyond the input theyreceive. This study discusses the role of input, a hotly debated issue in thefield of first language acquisition, and provides support for the nativistapproach in the debate between nativism and input-based models. TheAcquisition of Creole Languages will be essential reading for those in thefields of first language acquisition and Creole studies. Adone takes aninterdisciplinary approach, using insights from non-verbal languageacquisition, which makes this of great interest to those in the field of signlinguistics.

Table of Contents:

1. Creole languages2. Issues in first language acquisition3. Complex Creole syntax4. Child Creole data5. Pronouns and reflexives6. Double-object constructions7. Passive constructions8. Serial verb constructions9. Acquisition without a conventional language model

Appendix A. Experimental materials on pronouns and reflexivesAppendix B. Experimental materials on double-object constructionsAppendix C. Experimental materials on passive constructionsAppendix D. Experimental materials on serial verb constructions.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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