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ERIC Number: EJ1090262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
Optional Opacity: A Syntactically-Based Analysis of Early Hebrew Verb Morphology
Lustigman, Lyle
First Language, v35 n6 p466-488 Dec 2015
The study aims to account for the distribution of finite versus non-finite verbs during a developmental period when children use both types of verb forms in contexts requiring finiteness. To meet this goal, longitudinal samples from three Hebrew-acquiring children (aged 1;4-2;6) are examined from the onset of verb production and across the "optional" period in which finite and non-finite verbs occur side by side. Each verb-containing utterance is specified for structural transparency (whether the verb has a clearly unambiguous target) and for additional clausal constituents. Analysis reveals that during the "optional" period non-transparent verb forms favor elaborated syntactic environments (i.e., accompanied by objects and/or adverbs) at significantly higher rates than their transparent counterparts. These morpho-syntactic patterns in children's verb usage provide a line of explanation for the distribution of inflected versus non-inflected forms, and highlight the role of between-domain inter-relations in language acquisition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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