This volume focuses on different aspects of language development. The contributions are concerned with similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition, the acquisition of sentence structure and functional categories, cross-linguistic influence in bilingual first language acquisition as well as the relation between language acquisition, language contact and diachronic change. The recurrent topic of the volume is the link between linguistic variation and the limitation of structural variability in the framework of a well-defined theory of language. In this respect, the volume opens up new perspectives for future research.
1. Introduction (by Rinke, Esther); 2. Part I. (2)L1 versus L2 versus child L2: Similarities and differences; 3. 'Acquisition' in grammatical development: What does word order tell us? (by Carroll, Susanne Elizabeth); 4. Tense and Aspect in early French development in aL2, 2L1 and cL2 learners (by Schlyter, Suzanne); 5. Subject clitics in child L2 acquisition of French (by Preissler, Anne-Kathrin); 6. Placement of infinitives in successive child language acquisition (by Sopata, Aldona); 7. Part II. The acquisition of sentence structure and functional categories; 8. The developmental pathway of nominal functional categories in early child Mandarin: Language specific features and other driving factors (by Chang-Smith, Meiyun); 9. The emergence of CP in child Basque: Evidence for a fine-structured CP? (by Kintana, Noemi); 10. Some directions for the systematic investigation of the acquisition of Cypriot Greek: A new perspective on production abilities from object clitic placement (by Grohmann, Kleanthes K.); 11. Strict Interfaces and three kinds of Multiple Grammar (by Roeper, Thomas); 12. Part III. Autonomous development vs. crosslinguistic influence in bilingual first language acquisition; 13. Delay and acceleration in bilingual first language acquisition: The same or different? (by Patuto, Marisa); 14. Intonation targets of yes/no questions by Spanish and German monolingual and bilingual children (by Lleo, Conxita); 15. Perception of German vowels by bilingual Portuguese-German returnees: A case of phonological attrition? (by Flores, Cristina); 16. Part IV. Language acquisition, language contact and diachronic change; 17. Acquisition in the context of language change: The case of Brazilian Portuguese null subjects (by Kato, Mary Aizawa); 18. On the diachronic reanalysis of null subjects and null objects in Brazilian Portuguese: Triggers and consequences (by Nunes, Jairo); 19. On the decrease in subject-verb inversion in French declaratives (by Kaiser, Georg); 20. On the relation between acceptability and frequency (by Adli, Aria); 21. Index