The Acquisition of Verbs and their Grammar: The Effect of Particular Languages

  • Natalia Gagarina
  • Insa Gulzow

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Language-specific impact on the acquisition of Hebrew

  3. Language-specific variation in the development of predication and verb semantics

    1. Christine Czinglar, Antigone Katicic, Katharina Kčhler, Chris Schaner-Wolles
      Pages 71-104
  4. Stages in the development of verb grammar and the role of semantic bootstrapping

    1. Ellen Herr-Israel, Lorraine Mccune
      Pages 125-149
    2. David Ingram, Anne Welti, Christine Priem
      Pages 151-171
    3. Peter Jordens, Christine Dimroth
      Pages 173-198
  5. Language-specific variation and the role of frequency

  6. Language-specific and learner-specific peculiarities in the development of verbs and their grammar

    1. Marilyn May Vihman, Maigi Vija
      Pages 263-295
    2. Claire Martinot
      Pages 297-318
    3. Dorota Kiebzak-Mandera
      Pages 319-344
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 345-350

About this book


This volume investigates the linguistic development of children with regard to their knowledge of the verb and its grammar.

The selection of papers gives empirical evidence from a wide variety of languages including Hebrew, German, Croatian, Japanese, English, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Estonian, Russian and French.

Findings are interpreted with a focus on cross-linguistic similarities and differences, without subscribing to either a UG-based or usage-based approach.

Currently debated topics, such as the role of frequency, as well as traditional ones such as bootstrapping are integrated into the presentation of language-specific, learner-specific and more general properties of the acquisition process.

The papers are united by their focus on discovering what determines rule-governed behavior in language learners who are coming to terms with the grammar of verbs.


Verb frequency grammar language morphology semantics subject umbrellaprod

Editors and affiliations

  • Natalia Gagarina
    • 1
  • Insa Gulzow
    • 1
  1. 1.Zentrum für Allgemeine SprachwissenschaftGermany

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