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|Title: ||Elicited production of case-marking in Russian and Serbian children: are diminutive nouns easier to inflect|
|Authors: ||Kempe, Vera|
Brooks, Patricia J.
|Affiliation: ||University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences|
|Keywords: ||Morphology acquisition|
|Issue Date: ||May-2009|
|Publisher: ||SAGE Publications|
|Type: ||Journal Article|
|Rights: ||Published version (c)SAGE Publications, available from DOI: 10.1177/0142723708092441|
|Citation: ||Kempe, V., et al. 2009. Elicited production of case-marking in Russian and Serbian children: are diminutive nouns easier to inflect. First Language. 29(2): pp.147-165. Available from DOI: 10.1177/0142723708092441|
|Abstract: ||Two experiments used an elicited speech-production paradigm to explore children's acquisition of noun case-marking inflections. Russian (N = 24, 2;10— 4;6 years) and Serbian children (N = 24, 2;10—4;11) were asked to produce prepositional phrases requiring genitive or dative inflections of masculine and feminine, familiar and novel, simplex (vaza [Ru/Se: vase]) and diminutive (Ru: vazochka, Se: vazica) nouns. Across languages, children produced fewer case-marking errors with familiar compared to novel nouns, and diminutive compared to simplex nouns. The diminutive advantage occurred despite a markedly lower frequency of diminutive usage in Serbian than Russian child-directed speech. This suggests that in acquiring richly inflected languages, children most readily construct low-level generalizations of inflectional changes applying to morpho-phonologically homogeneous clusters of words like diminutives.|
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