Elicited production of case-marking in Russian and Serbian children: are diminutive nouns easier to inflect

Vera Kempe, Nada Ševa, Patricia J. Brooks, Natalija Mironova, Angelina Pershukova, Olga Fedorova

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Two experiments used an elicited speech-production paradigm to explore children's acquisition of noun case-marking inflections. Russian (N = 24, 2;10— 4;6 years) and Serbian children (N = 24, 2;10—4;11) were asked to produce prepositional phrases requiring genitive or dative inflections of masculine and feminine, familiar and novel, simplex (vaza [Ru/Se: vase]) and diminutive (Ru: vazochka, Se: vazica) nouns. Across languages, children produced fewer case-marking errors with familiar compared to novel nouns, and diminutive compared to simplex nouns. The diminutive advantage occurred despite a markedly lower frequency of diminutive usage in Serbian than Russian child-directed speech. This suggests that in acquiring richly inflected languages, children most readily construct low-level generalizations of inflectional changes applying to morpho-phonologically homogeneous clusters of words like diminutives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-165
Number of pages19
JournalFirst Language
Volume29
Issue number2
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StatePublished - May 2009

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Kempe, V., Ševa, N., Brooks, P. J., Mironova, N., Pershukova, A., & Fedorova, O. (2009). Elicited production of case-marking in Russian and Serbian children: are diminutive nouns easier to inflect. First Language, 29(2), 147-165. DOI: 10.1177/0142723708092441

Kempe, Vera; Ševa, Nada; Brooks, Patricia J.; Mironova, Natalija; Pershukova, Angelina; Fedorova, Olga / Elicited production of case-marking in Russian and Serbian children : are diminutive nouns easier to inflect.

In: First Language, Vol. 29, No. 2, 05.2009, p. 147-165.

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In: First Language, Vol. 29, No. 2, 05.2009, p. 147-165.

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Kempe V, Ševa N, Brooks PJ, Mironova N, Pershukova A, Fedorova O. Elicited production of case-marking in Russian and Serbian children: are diminutive nouns easier to inflect. First Language. 2009 May;29(2):147-165. Available from, DOI: 10.1177/0142723708092441