Pleonastic constructions in child (directed) speech

Le 20 avril 2022 à 17h30
Local P61
Présentation en anglais par Sarah FAIDT (Université de Bâle)
Résumé :
The presentation will provide insights into the PhD project Pleonastic constructions in child (directed) speech. Pleonastic constructions are a specific type of construction for complex Path encoding in German where the local resp. directional information of a prepositional phrase is repeated in an adverbial expression (e.g., ins Haus rein) (Olsen 1996). Earlier research suggests that pleonastic constructions take a supporting role in children's acquisition of spatial language (Bryant 2012). However, concrete figures on their actual frequency in natural language are missing up to now. The current PhD study aims at filling this gap by analyzing longitudinal data from German child-adult interaction (Rigol-Corpus, Lieven/Stoll 2013). Among others, the following questions which will be addressed in the presentation : How frequent are pleonastic constructions in child language and the input ? How does children's use of pleonastic constructions relate to the use of 'simple' prepositional or particle constructions over time ? Do we find a preference for pleonastic constructions in particular usage events ? The talk will present the methodological approach, discuss preliminary results and outline the steps to be taken in the further course of the research project.
Literature :
Bryant, D. (2012). Lokalisierungsausdrücke im Erst- und Zweitspracherwerb. Baltmannsweiler : Schneider.
Lieven, E. & Stoll, S. (2013). Early communicative development in two cultures. Human Development, 56:178-206, DOI : 10.1159/000351073
Olsen, S. (1996). Pleonastische Direktionale. In : Harras, G. ; Bierwisch, M. (eds), Wenn die Semantik arbeitet. Tübingen : Niemeyer, pp. 303-329