On the role of morphological richness in the early development of noun and verb inflectionOn the role of morphological richness in the early development of noun and verb inflection
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Centre for Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics (CLiPS)
2011Chalfont St. Giles, 2011
First language. - Chalfont St. Giles, 1980, currens
31(2011), p. 461-479
University of Antwerp
This study proposes a new methodology for determining the relationship between child-directed speech and child speech in early acquisition. It illustrates the use of this methodology in investigating the relationship between the morphological richness of child-directed speech and the speed of morphological development in child speech. Both variables are defined in terms of mean size of paradigm (MSP) and estimated in a set of longitudinal spontaneous speech corpora of nine children and their caretakers. The children are aged 1;3-3;0, acquiring nine different languages that vary in terms of morphological richness. The main result is that the degree of morphological richness in child-directed speech is positively related to the speed of development of noun and verb paradigms in child speech.