Title

The emergence process: Conceptual and linguistic influences on morphological development

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

This paper extends prior research on the links between cognition and semantic/pragmatic aspects of language to the more formal area of morphology, and highlights the importance of studying process in development, rather than merely looking at end products. An analysis of early morphology in three children with varying degrees of vision illustrates how acquisition is mediated by the unique circumstances of a child's language learning environment and reveals a relationship between cognition and language in which either may lead the way for advances in the other. For example, we find blind children differ from their sighted peers in acquiring time morphology before space morphology and discuss this in terms of adaptive strategies and saliency of information. © 1992, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1992

Publication Title

First Language

ISSN

0142-7237

Volume

12

Issue

34

DOI

10.1177/014272379201203406

First Page

95

Last Page

115

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