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||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4154||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 acquisition; Irish language||DOI:||10.1017/S0305000900013088||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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