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ERIC Number: EJ850906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0090-6905
Tense and Agreement Impairment in Ibero-Romance
Gavarro, Anna; Martinez-Ferreiro, Silvia
Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, v36 n1 p25-46 Jan 2007
We examine the inflectional productions of seven Catalan, seven Galician, and seven Spanish speaking agrammatic subjects in an elicitation and a sentence repetition task and consider them in the light of the Tree Pruning Hypothesis (TPH). The results show relatively spared subject person/number agreement with the verb and impaired tense marking for all subjects in all the languages. Recent reformulations of syntactic theory [Chomsky (1999) "MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics" (vol. 18). MA: The MIT Press; (2000). "Step by Step: Essays on Minimalist Syntax in Honor of Howard Lasnik" (pp. 89-155). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press] regarding the locus of agreement force a reconsideration of the TPH for it to make the desired predictions; we adopt Cinque's [(1999) "Adverbs and Functional Heads: A Cross-linguistic Perspective". Oxford: Oxford University Press] array of functional mood/tense/aspect projections and we show that subject agreement must occur between the subject DP and a low functional head for selective impairment to result. Feature underspecification, formerly considered, is rendered unnecessary.
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Language: English
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