German Linguistics and Language Acquisition Research Paper by Rene

German Linguistics and Language Acquisition
An examination of German linguistics with particular focus on plurals and child language acquisition.
# 118612 | 4,855 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Feb 10, 2010 in Linguistics (General) , Language (General)

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This paper compares and contrasts the accounts of German plural marking and theories of child language acquisition. The paper concludes that there is no one uniform theory concerning plural marking, and more broadly, no single theory can fully explain child language acquisition in general without being met by limitations and counter arguments.

From the Paper:

"To summarise, whilst we have seen that Clahsen's theory seems to point to elements of behaviourism and nativism and Szagun's theory suggests similarities to connectionism and social interactionism. Both theories are well-founded and backed up by evidence, yet both theories also have their limitations, as we have seen. Although empirical data are provided, the conclusions that both linguists reach by means of this data can be seen as somewhat subjective and debateable. We have seen this to be the case with the overregulisation of the -s plural form - for Clahsen it suggested that the -s suffix was the regular plural form with all other forms being irregular, whereas Szagun claimed that this showed that there was no one regular form and all forms were governed by more and less frequently occurring regulations. Both linguists used similar evidence to reach very different opposing conclusions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fasold, Ralph W. & Jeff Connor-Linton (eds.). 2006. An introduction to language and linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ch. 6 (pp. 205-234).
  • Szagun, Gisela. 2006. Sprachentwicklung beim Kind: Ein Lehrbuch. Weinheim & Basel: Beltz. Chs. 3-4 (pp. 59-113)
  • Clahsen, Harald. 1999. Lexical entries and rules of language: A multi-disciplinary study of German inflection. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22, 991-1060.
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1996. Cartesian Linguistics. Harper & Row Publishers, New York and London

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