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CONSTRUCTING A LANGUAGE
by Michael TOMASELLO
Harvard University Press, 2003
Cloth: 978-0-674-01030-7 | Paper: 978-0-674-01764-1 | eISBN: 978-0-674-04439-5

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this groundbreaking book, Tomasello presents a comprehensive usage-based theory of language acquisition. Drawing together a vast body of empirical research in cognitive science, linguistics, and developmental psychology, Tomasello demonstrates that we don't need a self-contained "language instinct" to explain how children learn language. Their linguistic ability is interwoven with other cognitive abilities.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
    
    
    
    
    
    1     Usage-Based Linguistics
    
    
    2     Origins of Language
    
          2.1. Phylogenetic Origins 9
          2.2. Ontogenetic Origins 19
          2.3. Children's First Utterances 31
          2.4. Summary 40
    
    3     Words
    
          3.1. Early Words and their Uses 44
          3.2. Processes of Word Learning 58
          3.3. Theories of Word Learning 8s
          3.4. Summary 91
    
    4     Early Syntactic Constructions
    
          4.1. The Nature of Constructions 98
          4.2. Early Constructional Islands 113
          4.3. Marking Syntactic Roles 126
          4.4. Summary 140
    
    5    Abstract Syntactic Constructions
    
          5.1. Abstract Constructions 146
          5.2. Constructing Constructions 161
          5.3. Constraining Constructions 175
    
    
    
    
    
         5.4. Theories of Syntactic Development 181
         5.5. Summary 193
    
    6    Nominal and Clausal Constructions
    
         6.1. Reference and Nominals 199
         6.2. Predication and Clauses 213
         6.3. Learning Morphology 232
         6.4. Summary 241
    
    7    Complex Constructions and Discourse
    
         7.1. Complex Constructions 244
         7.2. Conversation and Narrative 266
         7.3. Summary 279
    
    8    Biological, Cultural, and Ontogenetic Processes
    
         8.1. Dual Inheritance 283
         8.2. Psycholinguistic Processes of Acquisition 295
         8.3. Psycholinguistic Processes of Production 305
         8.4. The Development of Linguistic Representations 314
         8.5. Summary 320
    
    9    Toward a Psychology of Language Acquisition
    
    
         References 331
         Acknowledgments 373
         Index 375
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

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