The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment

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  • Author(s): Becker, Misha Karen
  • Series:
    Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
  • Publication Information:
    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 2014
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      This book explains a well-known puzzle that helped catalyze the establishment of generative syntax: how children tease apart the different syntactic structures associated with sentences like John is easy/eager to please. The answer lies in animacy: taking the premise that subjects are animate, the book argues that children can exploit the occurrence of an inanimate subject as a cue to a non-canonical structure, in which that subject is displaced (the book is easy/•eager to read). The author uses evidence from a range of linguistic subfields, including syntactic theory, typology, language processing, conceptual development, language acquisition, and computational modeling, exposing readers to these different kinds of data in an accessible way. The theoretical claims of the book expand the well-known hypotheses of syntactic and semantic bootstrapping, resulting in greater coverage of the core principles of language acquisition. This is a must-read for researchers in language acquisition, syntax, psycholinguistics and computational linguistics.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9781107007840. 9781139921749.
    • Accession Number:
      875095769
    • Accession Number:
      711605
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    • ABNT:
      BECKER, M. K. The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. ISBN 9781107007840. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=711605. Acesso em: 28 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Becker MK. The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment. Cambridge University Press; 2014. Accessed November 28, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=711605
    • APA:
      Becker, M. K. (2014). The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment. Cambridge University Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Becker, Misha Karen. 2014. The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=711605.
    • Harvard:
      Becker, M. K. (2014) The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=711605 (Accessed: 28 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Becker, MK 2014, The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment, Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, viewed 28 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Becker, Misha Karen. The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment. Cambridge University Press, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=711605.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Becker, Misha Karen. The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment. Cambridge Studies in Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=711605.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Becker MK. The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure : Animacy and Thematic Alignment [Internet]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2014 [cited 2020 Nov 28]. (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=711605