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Adult input and children's acquisition of Creole syntax

  • Anand Syea (a1)


This book examines the acquisition of syntax in Seselwa and Morisyen children. Seselwa and Morisyen are historically related creoles spoken in the Seychelles and Mauritius, respectively. Working within Chomsky's (1981) framework, Adone focuses on the acquisition of (non-)reflexive pronouns, double object constructions (DOCs), passive and serial verb constructions (SVCs).


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Adult input and children's acquisition of Creole syntax

  • Anand Syea (a1)


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