A functional account of verb use in the early stages of English multiword development

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Abstract

The present study investigates flexibility of verb use in the early stages of English multiword development, and its relationship with patterns attested in the input. The data is taken from a case study of a monolingual English-speaking boy aged 2 ; 5-2 ; 9 and his mother while engaged in daily activities in the home. Data were coded according to Halliday's (1975) functional system. The findings suggest that early multiword verb use is functionally restricted and closely tied to verb use in the input. © 2011 Copyright Cambridge University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-897
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Child Language
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

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