The Acquisition of Intensifiers: Emphatic Reflexives in English and German Child Language (Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 22)

The Acquisition of Intensifiers: Emphatic Reflexives in English and German Child Language (Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 22)

By: Insa Gulzow (author)Mixed Media

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How do young children negotiate and comment on their participation in a given event? The study presented gives an insight into German and English children's use of intensifiers and related expressions at early stages of language development. The longitudinal production data of six German-speaking and six English-speaking children is examined with regard to when and in which contexts the intensifiers German selbst/selber and English x-self (myself, yourself, himself, etc.) appear. It is demonstrated that by integrating intensifiers into their utterances, children develop an important linguistic skill in the process of establishing themselves as increasingly independent and competent agents.

About Author

Insa Gulzow works at the "Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft", Berlin, Germany.

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  • ISBN13: 9783119162715
  • Format: Mixed Media
  • Number Of Pages: 279
  • ID: 9783119162715
  • ISBN10: 311916271X

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