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ERIC Number: EJ1128649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
There and Back Again: An Acquisition Study
Xu, Ting; Snyder, William
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v24 n1 p3-26 2017
When "again" modifies an English goal-PP construction, the sentence is ambiguous between a repetitive and a restitutive reading. Interestingly, languages vary in whether their counterpart to English "again" permits a restitutive reading with goal-PP constructions (Beck 2005; Beck & Snyder 2001). This article explores how English-speaking children acquire restitutive "again" with goal-PP constructions, given the cross-linguistic variation. An experiment shows that 4- to 5-year-old children can understand these restitutive readings. However, examining the parental input of four children, we find that parental uses of restitutive "again" with goal-PP constructions are infrequent and (usually) ambiguous. We propose that in this case children can rely on more general evidence about the syntax of English goal-PP constructions, together with knowledge of a basic semantics for "again," to deduce the restitutive reading.
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Language: English
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