The Acquisition of Creole Languages: How Children Surpass their Input by Dany AdoneThe Acquisition of Creole Languages: How Children Surpass their Input by Dany Adone

The Acquisition of Creole Languages: How Children Surpass their Input

byDany Adone

Hardcover | July 30, 2012

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How do children acquire a Creole as their first language? This relatively underexplored question is the starting point for this first book of its kind; it also asks how first language acquisition of a Creole differs from that of a non-Creole language. Dany Adone reveals that in the absence of a conventional language model, Creole children acquire language and go beyond the input they receive. This study discusses the role of input, a hotly debated issue in the field of first language acquisition, and provides support for the nativist approach in the debate between nativism and input-based models. The Acquisition of Creole Languages will be essential reading for those in the fields of first language acquisition and Creole studies. Adone takes an interdisciplinary approach, using insights from non-verbal language acquisition, which makes this of great interest to those in the field of sign linguistics.
Title:The Acquisition of Creole Languages: How Children Surpass their InputFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:July 30, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521199654

ISBN - 13:9780521199650


Table of Contents

1. Creole languages; 2. Issues in first language acquisition; 3. Complex Creole syntax; 4. Child Creole data; 5. Pronouns and reflexives; 6. Double-object constructions; 7. Passive constructions; 8. Serial verb constructions; 9. Acquisition without a conventional language model; Appendix A. Experimental materials on pronouns and reflexives; Appendix B. Experimental materials on double-object constructions; Appendix C. Experimental materials on passive constructions; Appendix D. Experimental materials on serial verb constructions.

Editorial Reviews

"Dany Adone's work is a model of how to approach Creole languages: she weaves together modern perspectives on the acquisition problem, extra-linguistic effects, linguistic theory, sophisticated experimental techniques, and fieldwork to address classic questions in binding theory, quantification, passive, recursion, and especially double object constructions and Serial Verb Constructions. She shows that children spontaneously exhibit recursion in the unusual Serial Verb Construction, revealing the most sophisticated form of linguistic creativity in the most challenging environments where the poverty of stimulus---limited input--is present. This work not only reflects on core issues in acquisition but should inspire acquisition study of novel forms of creativity in understudied languages." --Thomas Roeper, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst