The acquisition of Irish : a study of word order development

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Title: The acquisition of Irish : a study of word order development
Authors: Hickey, Tina
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Date: Feb-1990
Online since: 2013-02-28T11:19:59Z
Abstract: This study examines the development of word order patterns in Irish, a strict VSO language. It was found that the three children studied used subject-initial utterances considerably more frequently than adults in input, and that in both adult and child the elision of the verb ‘to be’ played a significant role. Another significant factor was found to be the different restrictions on main verbs and verbal nouns with regard to the subject: in neutral sentences the main verb always precedes the subject, while the verbal noun always follows it. The Bates & MacWhinney (1979). hypothesis that early verb initialization results from a tendency to place new information before given information was also investigated.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Journal of Child Language
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Start page: 17
End page: 41
Copyright (published version): Cambridge University Press 1990
Keywords: Language acquisitionIrish language
DOI: 10.1017/S0305000900013088
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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