This volume is a collection of studies by some of the foremost researchers of French acquisition in the generative framework. It provides a unique perspective on cross-learner comparative research in that each chapter examines the development of one component of the grammar (functional categories) across different contexts in French learners: i.e. first language acquisition, second language acquisition, bilingual first language acquisition and specifically-language impaired acquisition. This permits readers to see how similar issues and morphosyntactic properties can be investigated in a range of various acquisition situations, and in turn, how each context can contribute to our general understanding of how these morphosyntactic properties are acquired in all learners of the same language. This state-of-the-art collection is enhanced by an introductory chapter that provides background on current formal generative theory, as well as a summary and synthesis of the major trends emerging from the individual studies regarding the acquisition of different functional categories across different learner contexts in French.
1. List of contributors; 2. Functional categories in the acquisition of French (by Paradis, Johanne); 3. I. L1 and SLI; 4. Functional categories and the acquisition of distance quantification (by Labelle, Marie); 5. Apparent non-nominative subjects in L1 French (by De Cat, Cecile); 6. Comparing L2 and SLI grammars in child French: Focus on DP (by Paradis, Johanne); 7. Comparing the development of the nominal and the verbal functional domain in French Language Impairment (by Hamann, Cornelia); 8. II. SLA and bilingualism; 9. On the L2/bilingual acquisition of French by two young children with different source languages (by Belletti, Adriana); 10. Explaining the acquisition and non-acquisition of determiner-noun gender concord in French and Spanish (by Hawkins, Roger); 11. Functional categories and the acquisition of object clitics in L2 French (by Herschensohn, Julia); 12. The acquisition of the French DP in a bilingual context (by Hulk, Aafke); 13. Null-arguments in bilingual children: French topics (by Muller, Natascha); 14. The semantic and aspectual properties of child L2 root infinitives (by Prevost, Philippe); 15. Cliticisation in the acquisition of French as L1 and L2 (by Granfeldt, Jonas); 16. Name index; 17. Subject index