Little Words

Little Words

Their History, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, and Acquisition

eBook - 2009
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Georgetown University Press

Little Words is an interdisciplinary examination of the functions and change in the use of clitics, pronouns, determiners, conjunctions, discourse particles, auxiliary/light verbs, prepositions, and other "little words" that have played a central role in linguistic theory and in language acquisition research. Leading scholars present advanced research in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse function, historical development, variation, and acquisition by children and adults.


Little Words is an interdisciplinary examination of the functions and change in the use of clitics, pronouns, determiners, conjunctions, discourse particles, auxiliary/light verbs, prepositions, and other "little words" that have played a central role in linguistic theory and in language acquisition research. Leading scholars present advanced research in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse function, historical development, variation, and acquisition by children and adults.

This unique volume integrates the views and findings of these different research areas into one professional source to be used within and across disciplines. Languages studied include English, Spanish, French, Romanian, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Slavonic, and Medieval Leonese.



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Clitics, pronouns, determiners, conjunctions, discourse particles, auxiliary/light verbs, prepositions, and other small words took center stage at the March 2007 sitting of the annual Georgetown University Round Table of Languages and Linguistics. So many aspects were being investigated that only a few were accepted. The 20 here discuss such topics as the morphological reduction and phonological compensation in Old Leonese contractions, motivating floating quantifiers, the complementizer the, predicting argument realization from oblique marker semantics, greetings and closings in institutional e-mails, and the role of pedagogical tasks and focus on form in the acquisition of discourse markers by advanced language learners. They are not indexed. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2009
ISBN: 9781589015975
1589015975
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 246 pages) : illustrations

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