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Title Experience, variation and generalization : learning a first language / edited by Inbal Arnon, Eve V. Clark
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub., [2011]
©2011
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Description 1 online resource (x, 300 pages) : illustrations
Series Trends in language acquisition research ; v. 7
Trends in language acquisition research ; v. 7
Contents Experience, Variation and Generalization; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; PART I. Extracting regularities; Toward a theory of gradual morphosyntactic learning; Cues to form and function in the acquisition of german number and case inflection; Developing first contrasts in Spanish verb inflection: Usage and Interaction; PART II. Multiple cues in learning to communicate; A new look at redundancy in children's gesture and word combinations; Learning the Meaning of "Um"; PART III. Discovering units; From first words to segments
Analysis and Generalization Across Verbs and ConstructionsTwo- and three-year-olds' linguistic generalizations are prudent adaptations to the language they hear; Units of Learning in Language Acquisition; PART IV. Individual differences; Causes and consequences of variability in early language learning; Individual differences in measures of linguistic experience account for variability in the sentence processing skill of five-ye; Genetic variation and individual differences in language; PART V. Mechanisms for learning; Language as a process
Memory, sleep and generalization in language acquisitionBayesian modeling of sources of constraint in language acquisition; Index
Summary Are all children exposed to the same linguistic input, and do they follow the same route in acquisition? The answer is no: The language that children hear differs even within a social class or cultural setting, as do the paths individual children take. The linguistic signal itself is also variable, both within and across speakers - the same sound is different across words; the same speech act can be realized with different constructions. The challenge here is to explain, given their diversity of experience, how children arrive at similar generalizations about their first language. This volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Language acquisition.
Form Electronic book
Author Arnon, Inbal.
Clark, Eve V.
ISBN 1283174790
9027285047 (eb)
9781283174794
9789027285041 (eb)