The Acquisition of Scrambling and Cliticization

  • Susan M. Powers
  • Cornelia Hamann

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. The Acquisition of Clause-Internal Rules

    1. Susan M. Powers, Cornelia Hamann
      Pages 1-18
  3. Scrambling

  4. Cliticization

    1. Anna Cardinaletti, Michal Starke
      Pages 165-186
    2. Marco Haverkort, Jürgen Weissenborn
      Pages 187-206
    3. Vicenç Torrens, Kenneth Wexler
      Pages 279-297
    4. Martha Young-Scholten
      Pages 319-343
  5. Related Issues

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 505-514

About this book


This collection of papers investigates two specific linguistic phenomena from the point of view of first- and second-language acquisition. While observations on the acquisition of scrambling or pronominal clitics can be found in the literature, up until the recent past they were sparse and often buried in other issues. This volume fills a long-existing gap in providing a collection of articles which focus on language acquisition but at the same time address the overarching syntactic issues involved (for example, the X-bar status of clitics, base-generation vs. movement accounts of scrambling). This volume contains an overview of L1 (and, in one case, L2) acquisition data from a number of different languages including Bernese, Swiss, German, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish, as well as from several theoretical points of view with these two clause-internal processes at its center. These language acquisition data are considered to be crucial in the validation of analyses of these specific linguistic phenomena in adult grammars. The contributions in this volume include the earliest thoughts in this vein and, for this reason, should be viewed as a starting point for discussions within theoretical linguistics and language acquisition alike.


Flexive Negation Scrambling grammar infinitive language language acquisition pronominal pronouns subject syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan M. Powers
    • 1
  • Cornelia Hamann
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PotsdamGermany
  2. 2.University of GenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of TübingenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5432-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3232-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-0043
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