The Acquisition of Turkish in Childhood presents recent research on the nature of language acquisition by typically and atypically developing monolingual and bilingual Turkish-speaking children. The book summarises the most recent research findings on the acquisition of Turkish in childhood, with a focus on (i) the acquisition of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, (ii) the acquisition of discourse skills, (iii) literacy development and (iv) atypical vs. typical development. The book also provides the reader with a unique perspective on cross-learner comparative research on the acquisition of Turkish, demonstrating how similar issues can be investigated in a range of various acquisition contexts. By grouping together the recent research on the acquisition of Turkish within a single volume, this book provides a unique opportunity for readers to review the general developmental tendencies and the most prominent hypotheses put forward by scholars.
1. Introduction (by Haznedar, Belma); 2. Part I. Acquisition/processing of morphology, syntax and semantics; 3. Sensitivity of Turkish infants to vowel harmony: Preference shift from familiarity to novelty (by Hohenberger, Annette); 4. Turkish children's early vocabulary: A study on the lexical diversity of two sisters (by Kaygusuz, Yasin); 5. Acquisition of canonical and non-canonical word orders in L1 Turkish (by Sagin-Simsek, Cigdem); 6. What does online parsing in Turkish-speaking children reveal about grammar? (by Ozge, Duygu); 7. Acquisition of scope relations by Turkish-English bilingual children (by Geckin, Vasfiye); 8. Part II. Discourse; 9. Children's referential choices in Turkish: Experimentally elicited and conversationally occasioned determinants (by Ates-Sen, A. Beyza); 10. Learning to think, talk, and gesture about motion in language-specific ways: Insights from Turkish (by Ozcaliskan, Seyda); 11. Scene-setting and referent introduction in sign and spoken languages: What does modality tell us? (by Sumer, Beyza); 12. Part III. Literacy development; 13. Integrating cognitive and sociocultural aspects of reading in Turkish (by Durgunoglu, Aydin Yucesan); 14. Phonological awareness in reading acquisition: Evidence from reading skills of Turkish-English successive bilingual children (by Ozata, Hatice); 15. Part IV. Typical vs. Atypical development in monolingual and bilingual Turkish-speaking children; 16. Vocabulary and grammar acquisition in Turkish as assessed by the Turkish communicative development inventory: A comparison of typically developing and language delayed children (by Mavis, Ilknur); 17. Language impairment in Turkish-speaking children: The nature of morphological errors (by Topbas, Seyhun); 18. Language development in Turkish-speaking children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (by Tek, Saime); 19. Verbal functional categories in the speech of a Turkish speaking child with autism (by Gunhan, N. Evra); 20. L2 children do not fluctuate: Production and on-line processing of indefinite articles in Turkish-speaking child learners of English (by Chondrogianni, Vicky); 21. Second language exposure in the preschool: Relation to first language skills and executive functions (by Aktan-Erciyes, Asli); 22. Index