29.2783, Books: Variability in the acquisition of allomorphs: Boersma

The LINGUIST List linguist at listserv.linguistlist.org
Thu Jul 5 13:08:47 EDT 2018


LINGUIST List: Vol-29-2783. Thu Jul 05 2018. ISSN: 1069 - 4875.

Subject: 29.2783, Books: Variability in the acquisition of allomorphs: Boersma

Moderators: linguist at linguistlist.org (Damir Cavar, Malgorzata E. Cavar)
Reviews: reviews at linguistlist.org (Helen Aristar-Dry, Robert Coté)
Homepage: https://linguistlist.org

Please support the LL editors and operation with a donation at:
           https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <jecoburn at linguistlist.org>
================================================================


Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:08:37
From: Karijn Hootsen [gw.uilots.lot at uu.nl]
Subject: Variability in the acquisition of allomorphs: Boersma

 


Title: Variability in the acquisition of allomorphs 
Subtitle: The Dutch diminutive and past tense 
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
	   http://www.lotpublications.nl/
	

Book URL: https://www.lotpublications.nl/variability-in-the-acquisition-of-allomorphs 


Author: Tiffany Alma Boersma

Paperback: ISBN:  9789460932731 Pages: 207 Price: Europe EURO 37.00


Abstract:

What factors influence the acquisition of allomorphs? Most allomorphs are
phonological variant forms of morphemes and stem from the phonological
characteristics of the noun or verb. Earlier studies have found variability in
the acquisition of allomorphs and various explanations have been given for
this. However, a multifactorial understanding that brings together and
clarifies the relationships between these explanations is still missing. In
four studies the development of the Dutch past tense and diminutive allomorphs
are investigated in adults, typically developing children, and children with
reading difficulties using a production and judgement task. Associations
between children’s sensitivity to allomorphy and complexity of the
phonological characteristics of the stem, children’s phonological processing
skills, type and phonotactic frequencies of the (stem+) allomorph, and
children’s vocabulary size are investigated. 

Type frequency and vocabulary size certainly play a role in the sense that
children need enough input to be able to abstract the morphophonological
patterns based on the phonological characteristics of the stem. However,
children need to be able to deal with these phonological characteristics
before they can actually generalize over the different morphophonological
patterns. Children’s phonological processing skills and the complexity of the
phonological stem characteristics appear therefore to have a stronger
influence and to be more direct causes of the protracted acquisition of some
allomorphs. The better children’s phonological processing skills and the less
complex the phonological characteristics, the better children will be able to
abstract the phonological patterns and choose the appropriate allomorph.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                     Morphology

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)


Written In: English  (eng)

See this book announcement on our website: 
http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=128853




------------------------------------------------------------------------------

*****************    LINGUIST List Support    *****************
Please support the LL editors and operation with a donation at:

              The IU Foundation Crowd Funding site:
       https://iufoundation.fundly.com/the-linguist-list

               The LINGUIST List FundDrive Page:
            https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/
 


----------------------------------------------------------
LINGUIST List: Vol-29-2783	
----------------------------------------------------------





More information about the LINGUIST mailing list