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Title: The acquisitions of finiteness, nominal and verbal agreement by Kuwaiti children acquiring Arabic
Author: Al-Houti, Shorouq Khalid
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis attempts to take the reader on a journey of discovery to uncover the acquisition of finiteness, nominal and verbal agreement by Kuwaiti children acquiring Arabic. The participants of the study were ten Kuwaiti children, ages ranging from 1;7 to 3;7. The methods used involve a unique combination of spontaneous speech and semi-structured elicitation techniques in two settings: home and nursery. This thesis makes a contribution to first language acquisition by presenting data from a newly created corpus of a rarely investigated Semitic language with interesting characteristics (e.g. pro-drop, no infinitive form, rich inflectional system). I present results from two domains: nominal and verbal which is unusual in the cross-linguistic child language studies. Moreover, the thesis contributes to the theoretical and psycholinguistic debate about the question of whether two- or three-year old children have adult-like syntactic representations or whether their early utterances are based on stored formulaic units with variables (e.g. Where's the X?). Furthermore, it provides potential explanations for deviations from the target and investigates factors that affect use of inflectional marking.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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