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The Acquisition of Complex Sentences

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The Acquisition of Complex Sentences by Holger Diessel, 9780521107488
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  • ISBN: 9780521107488 | 0521107482
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/2/2009
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This comprehensive account of how children acquire complex sentences investigates spontaneous speech in English-speaking children between ages two and five. After examining the acquisition of numerous types of clauses, Holger Diessel argues that the acquisition process is determined by a variety of factors: the frequency of the various complex sentences in the language, the complexity of the emerging constructions, the communicative functions of complex sentences, and the child's social-cognitive development.

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