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ERIC Number: EJ845206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8309
Scope-Marking Strategies in the Acquisition of Long Distance "Wh"-Questions in French and Dutch
Jakubowicz, Celia; Strik, Nelleke
Language and Speech, v51 n1-2 p101-132 2008
This paper reports the results of an elicited production task of Long Distance (LD) "wh"-questions conducted with typically developing French- and Dutch-speaking children aged four and six, and adult control groups for each language. It is shown that besides input-convergent "wh"-questions, in both languages children use nontarget strategies to express scope. While in both French and Dutch children produce Partial Movement and "wh"-copying questions, only French children use Partial Movement without an overt scope-marker in the left periphery of the matrix clause. We argue that our results are consistent with the Derivational Complexity hypothesis put forward by Jakubowicz (2004, 2005). Moreover our results confirm that parametric choices regarding the position of both the "wh"-word and the verb in the sentence are already set at the ages considered here. (Contains 5 tables, 4 figures and 34 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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