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Wittek, Angelika

Learning the meaning of change-of-state verbs

A case study of German child language

Series:Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] 17


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    September 2011
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    Aims and Scope

    Causative change-of-state verbs like 'to open', 'to fill', and 'to wake' are central to both recent theories of grammatical development and theories of lexical structure. This book focuses on how German-speaking children learn the meaning of change-of-state verbs. It offers a thorough characterization of the acquisition of German, embedded in a crosslinguistic perspective. The author provides a comprehensive review of the acquisition literature on that topic and introduces a new account as to how the meaning of these verbs can be learned. The empirical backbone of the investigation are a set of carefully designed experimental studies.


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    Angelika Wittek is Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

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