The Development of Grammar

Language acquisition and diachronic change. In honour of Jürgen M. Meisel

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  • Editors: Esther Rinke1, and Tanja Kupisch2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2011
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027287113

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.

Subjects: Bilingualism; Theoretical linguistics; Syntax; Historical linguistics; Language acquisition

  • Affiliations: 1: Goethe University Frankfurt; 2: University of Hamburg

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