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Direct objects and language acquisition by Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu, and Yves Roberge (review)

Direct objects and language acquisition by Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu, and Yves... REVIEWS 207 Direct objects and language acquisition. By Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu, and Yves Roberge. (Cambridge studies in linguistics 152.) New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. 231. ISBN 9781107018006. $110 (Hb). Reviewed by João Costa, CLUNL/FCSH/Universidade Nova de Lisboa Direct objects and language acquisition, by Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu, and Yves Roberge, is a very important book, unavoidable if you are interested in the acquisition of transitivity, direct object pronouns, and Romance languages. At first sight, it appears to be a book on the acquisition of clitics or another piece in the long-standing discussion of clitic omis- sion in Romance languages, but although there is a clear focus on French and Spanish, the book makes important comparisons with English, Italian, Greek, and European Portuguese, and draws on results from several other languages as well. Soon we understand that the book provides a much broader view on the acquisition of direct objects and transitivity. The book has six chapters and is structured in a way leading the authors from a formulation of the problem—the fact that children may omit objects throughout their development (Ch. 2)— through a description of what this means for the understanding of omission, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Language Linguistic Society of America

Direct objects and language acquisition by Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu, and Yves Roberge (review)

Language , Volume 96 (1) – Mar 16, 2020

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REVIEWS 207 Direct objects and language acquisition. By Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu, and Yves Roberge. (Cambridge studies in linguistics 152.) New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. 231. ISBN 9781107018006. $110 (Hb). Reviewed by João Costa, CLUNL/FCSH/Universidade Nova de Lisboa Direct objects and language acquisition, by Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu, and Yves Roberge, is a very important book, unavoidable if you are interested in the acquisition of transitivity, direct object pronouns, and Romance languages. At first sight, it appears to be a book on the acquisition of clitics or another piece in the long-standing discussion of clitic omis- sion in Romance languages, but although there is a clear focus on French and Spanish, the book makes important comparisons with English, Italian, Greek, and European Portuguese, and draws on results from several other languages as well. Soon we understand that the book provides a much broader view on the acquisition of direct objects and transitivity. The book has six chapters and is structured in a way leading the authors from a formulation of the problem—the fact that children may omit objects throughout their development (Ch. 2)— through a description of what this means for the understanding of omission,

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Published: Mar 16, 2020

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