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ERIC Number: EJ1106563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
Aspects of the Acquisition of Object Control and ECM-Type Verbs in European Portuguese
Santos, Ana Lúcia; Gonçalves, Anabela; Hyams, Nina
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v23 n3 p199-233 2016
We investigate the acquisition of sentential complementation under causative, perception, and object control verbs in European Portuguese, a language rich in complement types, including the typologically marked inflected infinitives. We tested 58 children between 3 and 5 years of age and 24 adults on a sentence completion task. The results support two main hypotheses concerning children's initial biases in representing complement structure. The first pertains to argument structure--a verb selects only one internal (propositional) argument ("Single Argument Selection Hypothesis"), the other to syntactic structure--propositional complements are complete functional complements ("Complete Functional Complement Hypothesis"). These initial biases lead children to avoid raising-to-object and object control structures, in favor of finite complements and inflected infinitive complements, the latter appearing in both target and nontarget contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Portugal
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