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Показателни местоимения и местоименни наречия в ранната онтогенеза: полско-български паралели
Demonstrative pronouns and adverbials in early ontogeny: Polish-Bulgarian parallels

Author(s): Juliana Stoyanova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Foreign languages learning, Theoretical Linguistics, Lexis, Philology, Translation Studies
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: first language acquisition; spatial deixis; Bulgarian and Polish demonstrative pronouns; connotative meanings of demonstrative pronouns

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to review how Bulgarian and Polish children acquire demonstrative pronouns and pronominal adverbials as markers of spatial deixis. According to a universal tendency, demonstratives are among the earliest pro-words that children acquire. Previous investigations show that in the acquisition of demonstrative pronouns and pronominal adverbials these are initially used in their non-contrastive functions; besides, the acquisition of demonstratives is preceded by a developmental stage in which transitional deictic systems with various types of non-standard meanings are observed. The analysis of the Bulgarian and Polish data aims at looking for universal tendencies as well as revealing language specific and individual differences.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-29
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Bulgarian