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Title: Elicited production of case-marking in Russian and Serbian children: are diminutive nouns easier to inflect
Authors: Kempe, Vera
Ševa, Nada
Brooks, Patricia J.
Mironova, Natalija
Pershukova, Angelina
Fedorova, Olga
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Morphology acquisition
Case-marking
Russian
Serbian
Diminutives
Issue Date: May-2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/449
ISSN: 0142-7237
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