Morphosyntax and its interfaces in different modes of acquisition
Adriana Belletti and Maria Teresa Guasti
University of Siena/University of Geneva / University of Milano Bicocca

A major contribution to the study of language acquisition and language development inspired by theoretical linguistics has been made by research on the acquisition of Italian syntax. This book offers an updated overview of results from theory-driven experimental and corpus-based research on the acquisition of Italian in different modes (monolingual, early and late L2, SLI, etc.), as well as exploring possible developments for future research. The book focuses on experimental studies which address research questions generated by linguistic theory, providing a detailed illustration of the fruitful interaction between linguistic theorizing and developmental studies. The authors are leading figures in theoretical linguistics and language acquisition; their own work is featured in the research presented here. Students and advanced researchers will benefit from the systematic review offered by this book and the critical assessment of the field that it provides.

[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 57] 2015. xiv, 326 pp.

HB 978 90 272 5319 4 EUR 99.00 
E-BOOK 978 90 272 6853 2 EUR 99.00 
PB 978 90 272 5320 0 EUR 36.00 

Table of contentsAcquisitionCover
Chapter 1. The acquisition of verb inflections and clause structure
Chapter 2. The acquisition of articles and aspects of nominal inflection
Chapter 3. The acquisition of pronominal clitics
Chapter 4. The acquisition of passive voices
Chapter 5. The acquisition of relative clauses
Chapter 6. The acquisition of Wh-questions
Chapter 7. The acquisition of the syntax and interpretation of subjects
Chapter 8. The acquisition of aspects of Italian compositional semantics and of semantic-pragmatic interface
“A highly readable, truly informative, and remarkably thought provoking piece of work.” Gennaro Chierchia, Harvard University
The Acquisition of Italian is a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of grammatical development in Italian-speaking children. […] I highly recommend this volume to anyone interested in grammar acquisition in young children, especially as viewed through the lens of Italian.” Nina Hyams, UCLA



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