The acquisition of German relative clauses: A case study

Brandt, Silke and Diessel, Holger and Tomasello, Michael (2008) The acquisition of German relative clauses: A case study. Journal of Child Language, 35 (2). pp. 325-348. ISSN 0305-0009

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This paper investigates the development of relative clauses in the speech of one German-speaking child aged 2;0 to 5;0. The earliest relative clauses we found in the data occur in topicalization constructions that are only a little different from simple sentences: they contain a single proposition, express the actor prior to other participants, assert new information and often occur with main-clause word order. In the course of the development, more complex relative constructions emerge, in which the relative clause is embedded in a fully-fledged main clause. We argue that German relative clauses develop in an incremental fashion from simple non-embedded sentences that gradually evolve into complex sentence constructions.

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Journal of Child Language
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