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La adquisición de las cláusulas interrogativas parciales en el Español infantil: ¿Reglas innatas o fórmulas aprendidas?

Aveledo, F. and Martins, I. (2009) La adquisición de las cláusulas interrogativas parciales en el Español infantil: ¿Reglas innatas o fórmulas aprendidas? Boletin de Linguistica, 21 (31). pp. 5-35. ISSN 0798-9709

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Abstract/Summary

Abstract According to Usage-based Theory (Tomasello 2006), children acquire wh- questions by initially producing concrete formula structures that happen to be very frequent in the input. In this research we analyze the wh-questions produced by three Spanish-speaking children (age range: 0;11-3;11) in longitudinal samples of spontaneous speech to determine whether the Usage-based Theory can explain the wh-question acquisition in Spanish. Results show that: i) the first wh-questions are formula, that appeared with few interrogative particles, and that are highly frequent in the input; ii) as the child develops, wh-questions become more complex, in which this structures are produced with more varied interrogative particles and different verbs; iii) the input seems to play a relevant role in the acquisition of wh-questions. Results seem to validate the Usage-based Theory.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:43610

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