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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Abstract

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
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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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. 2009 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 147-165.
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In: First Language, Vol. 29, No. 2, 05.2009, p. 147-165.

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