Determinative, Individual- und Massennomen im Spracherwerb des Deutschen: Diskussion des Nominal Mapping Parameters

Author: Kupisch, Tanja

Source: Linguistische Berichte, Volume 2008, Number 214, May 2008 , pp. 129-160(32)

Publisher: Helmut Buske Verlag

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The Nominal Mapping Parameter gave rise to an acquisition model which makes clear and falsifiable statements about the acquisition of articles in German. It claims that children acquiring a Germanic language omit articles for a longer period of time than children acquiring a Romance language, as they have to decide for each noun separately whether it is count or mass. Thus, article drop in the acquisition of Germanic languages is considered to be a lexical learning problem. This study presents a critical discussion of this model on the basis of data from ten children acquiring German. Although these children pass through a protracted period of article omissions, omissions are unrelated to the count/mass distinction.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2008

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