Learning Indigenous Languages: Child Language Acquisition in Mesoamerica (Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] v. 33)

Learning Indigenous Languages: Child Language Acquisition in Mesoamerica (Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] v. 33)

By: Barbara Pfeiler (editor)Hardback

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This book includes six studies on the acquisition of single Mesoamerican indigenous languages, (Huichol, Zapotec, and the Mayan languages Ch'ol, Tzeltal, K'iche', and Yukatek); and a crosslinguistic study of five Mayan languages (K'anjob'al, K'iche', Tzeltal, Tzotzil, and Yukatek). Three topics are theoretically and methodologically discussed and empirically demonstrated: with respect to ergativity, the ergative-absolutive cross-referencing pattern on the morphological level, noun-verb distinction and the acquisition of body-part locatives in the early lexicon, and the role of semantic properties and cultural context in language acquisition and socialization. This book makes important claims regarding the methodology of cross-linguistic studies as well as the results of these studies and the comparative method used in the book (structural and discursive factors in language acquisition, cross-linguistic relationships and variation).

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Barbara Pfeiler, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, Mexico.

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/08/2007
  • ISBN13: 9783110195590
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 209
  • ID: 9783110195590
  • weight: 486
  • ISBN10: 3110195593

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