First Verbs: A Case Study of Early Grammatical Development, by Michael Tomasello
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- ISBN: 9780521034517 | 0521034515
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 12/14/2006
First Verbs is a detailed diary study of one child's earliest language development during her second year of life. Using a Cognitive Linguistics framework, the author focuses on how his daughter acquired her first verbs, and the role verbs played in her early grammatical development. The author argues that many of a child's first grammatical structures are tied to individual verbs, and that earliest language is based on general cognitive and social-cognitive processes, especially event structures and cultural learning.