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ERIC Number: EJ1062107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 44
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ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Comprehension Asymmetries in Language Acquisition: A Test for Relativized Minimality
Varlokosta, Spyridoula; Nerantzini, Michaela; Papadopoulou, Despina
Journal of Child Language, v42 n3 p618-661 May 2015
Cross-linguistic studies have shown that typically developing children have difficulties comprehending non-canonical structures. These findings have been interpreted within the Relativized Minimality (RM) approach, according to which local relations cannot be established between two terms of a dependency if an intervening element possesses similar morphosyntactic features. In an extension of RM, Friedmann, Belletti, and Rizzi (2009) suggested that lexical NP restriction is the source of minimality effects in non-canonical sentences. The present study aimed at investigating whether the predictions of their account can be confirmed in Greek. Our results indicate that although lexical NP restriction is a crucial factor in generating minimality effects, it is not always sufficient to account for the comprehension difficulties that young children face with non-canonical sentences, since the internal structure (i.e. the feature specification) of the moved element and of the intervener affects their performance, as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece