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ERIC Number: EJ1097343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
Children's Difficulty with Raising: A Performance Account
Choe, Jinsun; Deen, Kamil
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v23 n2 p112-141 2016
This article explores English-speaking children's acquisition of raising structures with an experiencer (e.g.," John seems to Mary to be happy"). We review and address previously unnoticed issues in the methodologies of existing studies testing the acquisition of raising, thus providing a more reliable picture of children's abilities with respect to raising. We then present three experimental studies, which reveal that children's purported difficulty with raising is significantly reduced when the experiencer is fronted to the beginning of the sentence (e.g., "To Mary, John seems to be happy") and when the experiencer is pronominal (e.g., "John seems to her to be happy"). While the acquisition of this construction has been argued to be delayed due to grammar-internal reason, we propose an alternative account that attributes the difficulty to a performance limitation, responsible for intervention effects observed in a variety of other structures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
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