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ERIC Number: EJ880316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
How Pragmatics and Syntax Make Principle B Acquirable
Verbuk, Anna; Roeper, Thomas
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v17 n1-2 p51-65 2010
We argue that the debate over the delay of Principle B effects needs to include an additional class of contexts: Evans-style or Exceptional Coreference contexts (ECCs) (e.g., "It's not true that no one voted for John. John[subscript 1] voted for him[subscript 1]"). Our experiment compares acquisition of regular Principle B contexts (B-contexts) and ECCs by English-speaking children. Thornton and Wexler (1999) predict that there will be no age at which the acceptance of the disjoint reference reading is significantly higher in ECCs than in B-contexts, while Reinhart (in press), in contrast, predicts gradual trends towards more adult-like performance in each condition; we tested each of these predictions. Our experimental results are incompatible with Thornton and Wexler (1999) and are compatible with Reinhart (in press). Our results are also compatible with our own account on which ECCs pose additional pragmatic challenges compared to B-contexts. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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