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AuthorSchรถnenberger, Manuela. author
TitleEmbedded V-To-C in Child Grammar: The Acquisition of Verb Placement in Swiss German [electronic resource] / by Manuela Schรถnenberger
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2001
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Descript XX, 412 p. online resource


How children acquire competence in verb placement in languages in which verb placement in matrix clauses does not coincide with that in embedded clauses is not well understood. Verb-Second languages like German and Dutch display the verb-final pattern in embedded clauses, which can be confusing for a developing child. This book addresses this problem in the context of Swiss German, itself a Germanic dialect. Numerous examples are given of natural language produced by two children who were consistently followed between the ages of 4 and 6. Unexpectedly, since previous literature has suggested that children master verb placement very early in their linguistic development, these children move the verb in any type of embedded clause, leading to many verb-placement errors. After introducing the problem and describing the data in detail, a technical analysis is developed in terms of a minimally split-CP, which is rather successful in accounting for these data. The book should interest advanced students and researchers in both language acquisition and syntax


1 General Properties of Swiss German -- 1 Introduction -- 2 The Verbal and Nominal System ofSwiss German -- 3 Verb Placement in Swiss German -- 4 The Distribution of Nominals -- 5 Various Analyses ofVerb Placement -- 2 Natural Production Data on Verb Placement in Lucernese -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Survey of Acquisition Literature on Subordination in German and Swiss German -- 3 Verb Placement in the Lucemese Acquisition Data -- 4 Unclear Verb Placement in the Childrenโ{128}{153}s Spontaneous Production Data -- 5 Placeholders and Clauses in Which the Complementizer Has Been Omitted -- 6 Summary -- 3 Elicited Data on Verb Placement in Lucernese -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Elicited Answers to Questions -- 3 Elicitation Sessions -- 4 Experimental Data -- 5 Summary -- 4 Natural Production Data on Matrix Clauses -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Moiraโ{128}{153}s Matrix Clauses -- 3 Omission of Clause-Initial Constituents in Child Grarnmar -- 4 A Comparision of Matrix Clauses Produced by the Child and the Adult -- 5 Summary -- 5 An Analysis -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Summary of the Acquisition Data Presented in Chapter 2 -- 3 Input, Verb-Projection Raising, and Extraposition -- 4 A Critical Re-Examination of the Acquisition Data -- 5 An Analysis -- 6 Conclusions -- 6 Summary and Concluding Remarks -- Appendix I -- Appendix II -- Appendix III -- Appendix IV -- References

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