The acquisition of intensifiers versus reflexive pronouns

  • The ultimate goal of the study is to examine the acquisition of intensifiers in English and German. In this paper an overview of the first results regarding four L1 English-speaking children will be given. Contrary to previous claims in the literature (e.g. Thomas 1990), it will be argued that intensifiers are used by children in early phases of language acquisition. Intensifiers play an important role in early phases of language acquisition since they can be used to express the wish either to be included or excluded in a certain action and thus contribute to structuring a central aspect of the child's discourse.

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Author:Insa Gülzow
Parent Title (English):Papers on language change and language acquisition, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung, Berlin, 2000; ZAS papers in linguistics Vol. 15
Publisher:Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2013/10/17
Year of first Publication:2000
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/10/17
GND Keyword:Spracherwerb; Reflexivpronomen; Expletiv; Deutsch; Englisch
Page Number:12
First Page:247
Last Page:258
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Spracherwerb / Language acquisition
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:ZAS papers in linguistics : ZASPiL / ZASPiL 15 = Papers on language change and language acquisition
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht