Pizzas, pizzen, pizze: frequency, iconicity, cue validity, and productivity in the plural acquisition of German preschoolers

Y. Zaretsky, B.P. Lange, H.A. Euler, K. Neumann


Some factors which influence the choice of plural markers in German are discussed: frequency of nouns and plural allomorphs, iconicity, cue validity, productivity, and gender specific distribution of plural allomorphs. The evidence comes from studies on a language screening conducted in the state of Hesse in Germany in 2007-2010 with three-, four-, and five-year-old monolingual and multilingual children.



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