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Suomen kielen hallinta ja sen kehitys : peruskoululaiset ja nuoret aikuiset (2021)
Later language development in Finnish : school-age children and young adults

Pajunen, A., & Honko, M. (Eds.). (2021). Suomen kielen hallinta ja sen kehitys : peruskoululaiset ja nuoret aikuiset. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran toimituksia, 1472. https://doi.org/10.21435/skst.1472

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Pajunen, Anneli; Honko, Mari

ISBN: 978-951-858-407-3

eISBN: 978-951-858-408-0

Journal or series: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran toimituksia

ISSN: 0355-1768

eISSN: 2670-2401

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 11/10/2021

Number in series: 1472

Number of pages in the book: 493

Publisher: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura

Place of Publication: Helsinki

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21435/skst.1472

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel


The topic of the book is the incremental growth of linguistic knowledge from lexical to structural-cum-textual during the so-called later language development. Language mastery does not presuppose any acquaintance with prescriptive grammar but, instead, concerns the core of language which the so-called consensus principle applies to: the most frequent words and structures are mastered with certainty by everybody, but uncertainty increases as less frequent and more variable phenomena are taken into consideration. It is the goal of the study to make explicit the knowledge that is common to school children of different age groups, and to show how it develops both in its core and in its fringe areas. The mastery of less common aspects exhibits considerable statistical variation. The research embodies methodological pluralism insofar as it has been carried out by means both of the corpus method and the experimental method. Here experimental subsumes writing tasks, paper-and-pencil tests, and behavior under experimental conditions. The amount of participants native in Finnish varies from 300–2000. The book has a bipartite structure: mastery of meanings (Part I), and mastery of forms (Part II).

Keywords: languages; mother tongue; Finnish language; management (control); language skills; language development; colloquial language; vocabulary (knowledge); syntax; writing; ability to write; variation (linguistics); children (age groups); pupils; young people; young adults; gender differences; language research

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Reporting Year: 2021

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