Noun development in a cross-linguistic perspective: the interface of lexicon and grammar in first language acquisition
Project financed by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, P17276-G03
Duration: December 2004 – November 2009
Project leader: Wolfgang U. Dressler
The aim of this cross-linguistic project is to investigate the development of the noun class in children, aged 1;6-10,
in four different languages – Austrian German, Dutch, Danish, and Hebrew. The three Germanic languages under investigation vary
along the clines of morphological richness and phonological transparency, and thus present hitherto unexplored challenges to children learning them.
Hebrew, a Semitic language with a more complex nominal system, offers yet another perspective on the development of the noun class.
In order to trace a detailed picture of children's early and later noun development, various methods of data collection are used.
The data analyzed range from longitudinal spontaneous speech, over cross-sectional naturalistic elications (peer talk, scripts), to classical experimental data.
Languages and Project participants:
- Austrian German
Student collaborators: Verena Blaschitz, Eva M. Freiberger, Volker Gadermaier, Andrea Haid, Marie-Christine Kremser, Laura E. Lettner, Marlies Martha, Lara K. Spendier, Nicole Stempfer, Marion Wechselberger
Statistical consultant: Gregor Laaha (Boku Vienna)
Steven Gillis (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Hans Basboell (University of Southern Denmark)
Dorit Ravid (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)