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The Acquisition of Complex Sentences

The Acquisition of Complex Sentences

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: October 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521831932

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  • This comprehensive account of how children acquire complex sentences investigates spontaneous speech in English-speaking children between ages two and five. After examining the acquisition of numerous types of clauses, Holger Diessel argues that the acquisition process is determined by a variety of factors: the frequency of the various complex sentences in the language, the complexity of the emerging constructions, the communicative functions of complex sentences, and the child's social-cognitive development.

    • The first ever comprehensive study of how children acquire complex sentences
    • Based on observation of five English-speaking children between the ages of 2 and 5
    • Looks at the acquisition of a broad range of different constructions, such as complement clauses, relative clauses, adverbials and co-ordinates
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    • Date Published: October 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521831932
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 160 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.535kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 72 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A dynamic network model of grammatical constructions
    3. Towards a definition of complex sentences and subordinate clauses
    4. Infinitival and participial complement constructions
    5. Complement clauses
    6. Relative clauses
    7. Adverbial and co-ordinate clauses
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Holger Diessel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany
    Holger Diessel is a Research Fellow in the Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.

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