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Author Wittek, Angelika, 1965-

Title Learning the meaning of change-of-state verbs : a case study of German child language / by Angelika Wittek
Published Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 233 pages)
Series Studies on language acquisition ; 17
Studies on language acquisition ; 17
Contents ""Chapter 1. Introduction""; ""1. What does it take to learn the meaning of a verb?""; ""1.1. Why learning the meaning of verbs is difficult""; ""1.2. Why learning the meaning of change-of-state verbs should be easy, but it isn't � previewing the paradox""; ""2. Goals and organization of this book""; ""Chapter 2. A paradox: Learning the meaning of change-of-state verbs should be easy, but it isn't""; ""1. Children are sensitive to state changes from early on""; ""2. The learning problem: Children neglect the endstate in interpreting change-of-state verbs""
""1.1. Characterizing children�s interpretation of change-of-state verbs: the Weak Endstate""""1.2. “Weak� endstates in the adult language""; ""1.3. Change-of-state verbs in a broader crosslinguistic perspective""; ""1.4. The learning problem is more subtle than we thought""; ""2. How does the child correct inappropriate Weak Endstate interpretations?""; ""2.1. The Syntactic Bootstrapping Hypothesis""; ""2.2. A related proposal: Morphological Bootstrapping""; ""2.3. The Semantic Structure Hypothesis Testing Hypothesis""; ""3. Conclusion""
""2.1. Evidence for children�s neglect of the endstate""""2.2. Why would children neglect the endstate?""; ""2.3. How to test the scope of the neglect of endstate: The Transparent Endstate Hypothesis""; ""3. Conclusion""; ""Chapter 3. Is the learning problem due to mapping problems? Testing the Transparent Endstate Hypothesis""; ""1. How causal state changes are lexicalized in German""; ""2. Experiment 1: Transparent endstates (Type: wachmachen �awake-make�)""; ""2.1. Method""; ""2.2. Experimental predictions""; ""2.3. Results""; ""2.4. A tree-based modeling analysis of the data""
""2.5. Discussion""""3. Experiment 2: Transparent endstates (Type: wachklingeln �awake-ring�)""; ""3.1. Method""; ""3.2. Experimental predictions""; ""3.3. Results""; ""3.4. Discussion""; ""4. Experiment 3: Transparent endstates made salient (Type: wachmachen �awake-make�)""; ""4.1. Method""; ""4.2. Experimental predictions""; ""4.3. Results""; ""4.4. A tree-based modeling analysis of the data""; ""4.5. Discussion""; ""5. General Discussion""; ""6. Conclusion""; ""Chapter 4. A subtle learning problem: The Weak Endstate""; ""1. The resolution of the paradox?""
""Chapter 5. Modifiers as cues to verb meaning""""1. How could the learner use modifiers as cues to verb meaning?""; ""1.1. What do modifiers do?""; ""1.2. The Adverbial Modification Cue Hypothesis""; ""2. A candidate solution to the Weak Endstate problem: wieder �again�""; ""2.1. The properties of again""; ""2.2. Restitutive again as an Adverbial Modification Cue""; ""3. Do children have knowledge of restitutive wieder �again�, and do caretakers use it in their speech?""; ""3.1. Evidence from previous studies""; ""3.2. A CHILDES search""
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-225) and indexes
Subject German language -- Acquisition -- Case studies.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Verb.
Language acquisition -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002006032
ISBN 3110907984 (electronic bk.)
9783110907988 (electronic bk.)