A major contribution to the study of language acquisition and language development inspired by theoretical linguistics has been made by research on the acquisition of Italian syntax. This book offers an updated overview of results from theory-driven experimental and corpus-based research on the acquisition of Italian in different modes (monolingual, early and late L2, SLI, etc.), as well as exploring possible developments for future research. The book focuses on experimental studies which address research questions generated by linguistic theory, providing a detailed illustration of the fruitful interaction between linguistic theorizing and developmental studies. The authors are leading figures in theoretical linguistics and language acquisition; their own work is featured in the research presented here. Students and advanced researchers will benefit from the systematic review offered by this book and the critical assessment of the field that it provides.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction; 3. Chapter 1. The acquisition of verb inflections and clause structure; 4. Chapter 2. The acquisition of articles and aspects of nominal inflection; 5. Chapter 3. The acquisition of pronominal clitics; 6. Chapter 4. The acquisition of passive voices; 7. Chapter 5. The acquisition of relative clauses; 8. Chapter 6. The acquisition of Wh-questions; 9. Chapter 7. The acquisition of the syntax and interpretation of subjects; 10. Chapter 8. The acquisition of aspects of Italian compositional semantics and of semantic-pragmatic interface; 11. Conclusion; 12. References; 13. Index