ERIC Number: EJ777543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Overgeneralization of Non-Finite Complements to Finite Contexts: The Case of "Decide"
Owen, Amanda J.; Leonard, Laurence B.
Journal of Child Language, v34 n3 p545-570 Aug 2007
Current views on the acquisition of PRO can roughly be divided into two areas: lexical and syntactic accounts. We present data on one verb, "decide," that yields data that not only differs from the data for other similar verbs with the same children, but does not lend itself easily to either type of account. Data from a sentence elicitation task conducted with 20 typically-developing children (4; 0-7; 11), along with 3 case studies illustrate that children may not be assigning a referent for PRO in an adult-like manner for particular verbs. Instead they may be overgeneralizing the use of non-finite complements to finite contexts. [This work was supported by the Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation.]
Descriptors: Verbs, Child Language, Children, Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Sentences, Case Studies, Language Research, Generalization, Linguistic Theory
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