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Learning Indigenous Languages: Child Language Acquisition in Mesoamerica Barbara Pfeiler

Learning Indigenous Languages: Child Language Acquisition in Mesoamerica

Barbara Pfeiler

Published January 1st 2007
ISBN : 9783110923148
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209 pages
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This book includes six studies on the acquisition of single Mesoamerican indigenous languages, (Huichol, Zapotec, and the Mayan languages Chol, Tzeltal, Kiche, and Yukatek)- and a crosslinguistic study of five Mayan languages (Kanjobal, Kiche,MoreThis book includes six studies on the acquisition of single Mesoamerican indigenous languages, (Huichol, Zapotec, and the Mayan languages Chol, Tzeltal, Kiche, and Yukatek)- and a crosslinguistic study of five Mayan languages (Kanjobal, Kiche, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, and Yukatek). Three topics are theoretically and methodologically discussed and empirically demonstrated: with respect to ergativity, the ergative-absolutive cross-referencing pattern on the morphological level, noun-verb distinction and the acquisition of body-part locatives in the early lexicon, and the role of semantic properties and cultural context in language acquisition and socialization. This book makes important claims regarding the methodology of cross-linguistic studies as well as the results of these studies and the comparative method used in the book (structural and discursive factors in language acquisition, cross-linguistic relationships and variation).