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Author Pye, Clifton, author

Title The comparative method of language acquisition research / Clifton Pye
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017
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Contents Comparing languages -- A history of crosslinguistic research on language acquisition -- The comparative method of language acquisition research -- The structure of Mayan languages -- The acquisition of the Mayan lexicon -- The acquisition of the Mayan intransitive verb complex -- The acquisition of the Mayan transitive verb complex -- The acquisition of person marking in the Mayan verb complex -- The acquisition of Mayan argument structures -- Argument realization in Mayan languages -- Conclusion
Summary The Mayan family of languages is ancient and unique. With their distinctive relational nouns, positionals, and complex grammatical voices, they are quite alien to English and have never been shown to be genetically related to other New World tongues. These qualities, this book shows, afford a particular opportunity for linguistic insight. This book demonstrates the value of a close, granular analysis of a small language lineage for untangling the complexities of first language acquisition. The book applies the comparative method to three Mayan languages--K'iche', Mam, and Ch'ol--showing how differences in the use of verbs are connected to differences in the subject markers and pronouns used by children and adults. The author's holistic approach allows him to observe how small differences between the languages lead to significant differences in the structure of the children's lexicon and grammar, and to learn why that is so. More than this, the author expects that such careful scrutiny of related languages' variable solutions to specific problems will yield new insights into how children acquire complex grammars. Studying such an array of related languages, the author argues, is a necessary condition for understanding how any particular language is used; studying languages in isolation, comparing them only to one's native tongue, is merely collecting linguistic curiosities
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 6, 2017)
Subject Chol language -- Acquisition
Language acquisition
Mam language -- Acquisition
Mayan languages -- Acquisition
Psycholinguistics -- Comparative method
Quiché language -- Acquisition
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- General.
Language acquisition.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022648131X (electronic bk.)
9780226481319 (electronic bk.)