Development of Nominal Inflection in First Language by Ursula Stephany, Maria D. Voeikova

By Ursula Stephany, Maria D. Voeikova

The crosslinguistic experiences of the early developmental levels of quantity, case, and gender in twelve typologically varied languages with 8 genetic affiliations stick to a functional-constructivist procedure. a few matters addressed are suggest dimension of paradigms, percent of base kinds, and productiveness. one of many major findings is that the typological features of the language bought impact the method of inflectional improvement.

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9 CHI: dede (/2) &de. ’ CHI: ba:ba+anne. [correct form: ba:ba+anne-nin] grandmother-*0GEN. ’ During the period analyzed in this paper, the genitive is exclusively used in possessive constructions, where it marks the possessor. Contexts with embedded subjects which would have to be marked by the genitive do not occur. There are also no examples where the genitive functions as a relational marker indicating the complement of a verb. Table 9 presents the type and token frequencies of the genitive case indicating the possessor together with the possessive marker specifying the possessed.

19, Deniz produces the first case-ki-plural structure, carrying three types of morphological markers (see example 14). As pointed out above, the special feature of this structure is that the plural morpheme follows the case marker, while it precedes case in nominal structures without ki. This example again suggests that the child knows the morpheme order rules, since she does not overgeneralize the order of plural < case, which is more common in the input and in adult speech in general. 19 u¨ t-te-ki-ye: [: u¨ st-te-ki-ler].

However, a comparison of the development of grammatical variation in the noun and the pronoun reveals that variation increases more rapidly in the pronoun than in the noun. 29 at 1;6. 50 after this age. The early productivity achieved in case marking is thus at first supported by pronouns that have only a restricted number of lemma-types and that occur with high frequency. lemma & type Lemma Type 200 100 0 1;3 1;4 1;5 1;6 1;7 1;8 age Figure 1. Lemmas and grammatical types 1;9 1;10 1;11 2;0 24 F.

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