L1-acquisition of German

1969-1974

This was the first in a series of projects to provide data for the study of language acquisition from a universal point of view, i.e. by comparing the various types of language acquisition such as L1, naturalistic L2, tutored L2, re-acquisition, etc. The key data derive from four German children. They were studied for their L1-acquisition of German, their L2-acquisition of English, and their re-acquisition of L2-English/L1-German. The L1 analysis was focused on negation, interrogation, early sentence patterns, segmental phonology, and intonation.