Variation in the Input

Studies in the Acquisition of Word Order

  • Merete Anderssen
  • Kristine Bentzen
  • Marit Westergaard

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 39)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Merete Anderssen, Kristine Bentzen, Marit Westergaard
    Pages 1-15
  3. Andrea Gualmini
    Pages 17-32
  4. Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti
    Pages 65-93
  5. Konstantia Kapetangianni
    Pages 179-205
  6. Merete Anderssen, Kristine Bentzen, Yulia Rodina, Marit Westergaard
    Pages 241-270
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-276

About this book


The topic of variation in language has received considerable attention in the field of general linguistics in recent years. This includes research on linguistic micro-variation that is dependent on fine distinctions in syntax and information structure. However, relatively little work has been done on how this variation is acquired. This book focuses on how different types of variation are expressed in the input and how this is acquired by young children. The collection of papers includes studies of the acquisition of variation in a number of different languages, including English, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Swiss German, Ukrainian, and American Sign Language. Different kinds of linguistic variation are considered, ranging from pure word order variation to optionally doubly filled COMPs and the resolution of scopal ambiguities. In addition, papers in the volume deal with the extreme case of variation found in bilingual acquisition.


bilingual acquisition information structure language acquisition micro-variation optionality scopal ambiguities sign language syntax word order variation

Editors and affiliations

  • Merete Anderssen
    • 1
  • Kristine Bentzen
    • 2
  • Marit Westergaard
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Study in, Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL)University of TromsoeTromsoeNorway
  2. 2.Center for Advanced Study in, Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL)University of TromsoeTromsoeNorway
  3. 3.Center for Advanced Study in, Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL)University of TromsoeTromsoeNorway

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