The Lexicon in Acquisition

The Lexicon in Acquisition

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Without words, children can't talk about people, places, things, actions, relations, or states, and they have no grammatical rules. Without words, there would be no sound structure, no word structure, and no syntax. The lexicon is central in language, and in language acquisition. Eve Clark argues for this centrality and for the general principles of conventionality and contrast at the core of language acquisition. She looks at the hypotheses children draw on about possible word meanings, and how they map their meanings on to forms. The book is unusual in dealing with data from a wide variety of languages, in its emphasis on the general principles children rely on as they analyse complex word forms, and in the broad perspective it takes on lexical more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139238426
  • 9781139238427

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1. The lexicon: words old and new; Part I. Lexical Acquisition: 2. Early lexical development; 3. The mapping problem; 4. Conventionality and contrast; 5. Pragmatic principles and acquisition; 6. Transparency and simplicity; 7. Productivity; Part II. Case Studies of Lexical Innovation: 8. Words for things; 9. More words for things; 10. Words for agents and instruments; 11. Words for actions; 12. Words for undoing actions; Part III. Conclusion: 13. Issues for acquisition; Bibliography; Index of names; Index of more

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'A landmark book in the study of the lexicon, with special significance for acquisition theory. The book will be of interest to a broad range of linguists, psycholinguists, and developmental psychologists, as well as people working in other areas of cognitive science and education.' Dan I. Slobin, University of California, Berkeley 'A contribution of great interest; required reading for everyone in the field of language acquisition who is interested in the lexicon.' Lila R. Gleitman, University of Pennsylvaniashow more

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