BUCLD 31: Proceedings of the 31st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development
The purpose of the present paper it so determine when Xhosa-speaking children master the morphology of tense. Specifically, we ask when Xhosa-speaking children learn the conditions on the two forms of the Present and Recent Past tenses, namely the long and the short forms. Despite the fact that there are complex grammatical conditions on which form is appropriate in a sentence, the paper will demonstrate that young children can attend to these grammatical conditions.
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Gxilishe, Sandile; de Villiers, Jill; and de Villiers, Peter A., "Acquisition of Tense in Xhosa: The Long and the Short of it" (2007). Philosophy: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.