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Constructing a language: a usage-based theory of language acquisition

Author: Tomasello, Michael Publisher: Harvard University Press, 2005.Language: EnglishDescription: 388 p. : Graphs ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0674017641Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Book Europe Campus
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Print P118 .T66 2005
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Includes bibliographical references and index

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Constructing a Language A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition Contents 1 2 Usage-Based Linguistics Origins of Language 2.1. Phylogenetic Origins 9 2.2. Ontogenetic Origins 19 2.3. Children's First Utterances 31 2.4. Summary 40 8 3 Words 3.1. Early Words and their Uses 44 3.2. Processes of Word Learning 58 3.3. Theories of Word Learning 81 3.4. Summary 91 43 4 Early Syntactic Constructions 4.1. The Nature of Constructions 98 4.2. Early Constructional Islands 113 4.3. Marking Syntactic Roles 126 4.4. Summary 140 94 5 Abstract Syntactic Constructions 5.1. Abstract Constructions 146 5.2. Constructing Constructions 161 5.3. Constraining Constructions 175 144 viii Contents 5.4. Theories of Syntactic Development 181 5.5. Summary 193 6 Nominal and Clausal Constructions 6.1. Reference and Nominals 199 6.2. Predication and Clauses 213 6.3. Learning Morphology 232 6.4. Summary 241 196 7 Complex Constructions and Discourse 7.1. Complex Constructions 244 7.2. Conversation and Narrative 266 7.3. Summary 279 243 8 Biological, Cultural, and Ontogenetic Processes 8.1. Dual Inheritance 283 8.2. Psycholinguistic Processes of Acquisition 295 8.3. Psycholinguistic Processes of Production 305 8.4. The Development of Linguistic Representations 314 8.5. Summary 320 282 9 Toward a Psychology of Language Acquisition References 331 Acknowledgments 373 Index 375 323

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