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Perkins, Laurel; Lidz, Jeffrey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
15-month-olds behave as if they comprehend filler-gap dependencies such as "wh"-questions and relative clauses. On one hypothesis, this success does not reflect adult-like representations but rather a "gap-driven" interpretation heuristic based on verb knowledge. Infants who know that "feed" is transitive may notice…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Language Acquisition, Infants, Infant Behavior
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Perpiñán, Silvia; Marín, Rafael; Moreno Villamar, Itziri – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
This study proposes an explanatory account for the developmental stages of the acquisition of ser and estar in locative constructions. We propose that this copular distribution is regulated by two aspectual features, "dynamicity" and "temporal boundedness." These features are crucial for the interpretation of nominals such as…
Descriptors: Spanish, Verbs, Second Language Learning, English
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Huang, Haiquan; Crain, Stephen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
It has been proposed that children differ from adults in that children license a conjunctive inference to disjunctive sentences that lack any licensing expression. The proposal is that children infer "A and B" from sentences of the form "A or B." Although children's conjunctive interpretations of disjunction have been reported…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Interference (Language), Form Classes (Languages)
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Mateu, Victoria Eugenia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
The present study is designed to investigate whether children's difficulties with subject-to-subject raising (StSR) are due to intervention effects. We examine English-speaking children's comprehension of StSR with "seem" and Spanish-speaking children's comprehension of StSR with "parecer" 'seem,' a configuration never before…
Descriptors: Spanish Speaking, Intervention, Difficulty Level, English
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Kim, Sujeong; Ko, Heejeong; Yang, Hyun-Kwon – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
Resultative constructions show a wide range of cross-linguistic variation, which may pose nontrivial challenges to L2 learners. This study investigates how syntactic and semantic differences between L1 and L2 affect L2 acquisition of resultatives. In particular, we investigate how L1-Korean learners project the syntax and semantics of L2-English…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Contrastive Linguistics, Semantics, Syntax
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Puig-Mayenco, Eloi; Rothman, Jason – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
The goal of this brief article is to highlight a specific methodological consideration pertaining to the examination of linguistic transfer in sequential language acquisition: When and how can transfer be meaningfully disentangled from issues pertaining to developmental trajectories of the target language? While this methodological issue is…
Descriptors: Spanish, Romance Languages, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism
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de la Cruz-Pavía, Irene; Gervain, Judit; Vatikiotis-Bateson, Eric; Werker, Janet F. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
The acoustic realization of phrasal prominence is proposed to correlate with the order of V(erbs) and O(bjects) in natural languages. The present production study with 15 talkers of Japanese (OV) and English (VO) investigates whether the speech signal contains coverbal visual information that covaries with auditory prosody, in Infant- and…
Descriptors: Infants, Parent Child Relationship, Linguistic Input, English
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Su, Yi-Ching – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
This study reports findings from two truth value judgment experiments to address two research questions on Mandarin: (i) whether children and adults have the knowledge of the structural constraint Principle C in their pronoun resolution; and (ii) whether adults and children show the prohibition effect of the cyclic-c-command constraint or the QR…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Mandarin Chinese, Decision Making
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Gotowski, Megan – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This article examines children's comprehension of the "get"-passive relative to the "be"-passive in an attempt to systematically compare the acquisition of both types of passives. It discusses the findings of two experiments (a picture-matching task and an act-out task) with children ages 36. Results from the picture-matching…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Pictorial Stimuli, Task Analysis
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Dracos, Melisa; Requena, Pablo; Miller, Karen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Previous research indicates that the development of mood selection in Spanish spans several years and ends in the mastery of mood selection with sentential complements to express complex semantic meanings. The present study investigates this underexplored late stage by examining how Spanish-speaking children acquire adultlike mood selection in…
Descriptors: Spanish, Language Acquisition, Verbs, Semantics
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Lemmerth, Natalia; Hopp, Holger – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
To investigate cross-linguistic lexical and syntactic influences in grammatical gender in early bilingualism, we tested 12 simultaneous, 12 early successive bilingual Russian-German children, and 15 monolingual German children aged 8-9 years. An elicited production task in German shows that all bilingual children assign target gender to nouns,…
Descriptors: German, Bilingualism, Syntax, Russian
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Hoot, Bradley – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Bilinguals have been shown to differ from monolinguals especially in the realization and interpretation of phenomena that operate at the syntax/discourse interface. Hungarian has a well-known interface structure--identificational focus--which has been widely studied in the theoretical literature but never with bilinguals. The present article fills…
Descriptors: Hungarian, Native Language, Bilingualism, Syntax
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Dube, Sithembinkosi; Kung, Carmen; Brock, Jon; Demuth, Katherine – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Recent ERP research with adults has shown that the online processing of subject-verb (S-V) agreement violations is mediated by the relative perceptual salience of the violation (Dube et al. 2016). These findings corroborate infant perception research, which has also shown that perceptual salience influences infants' sensitivity to grammatical…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Language Acquisition, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Grammar
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Rojczyk, Arkadiusz – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Word segmentation in L2 is not as optimal as in L1 because many, though not all, cues to signal word boundaries appear to be largely language-specific. Native English listeners use short-lag versus long-lag VOTs in segmenting pairs such as "Lou spills" versus "loose pills." Polish contrasts negative versus short-lag VOTs, so…
Descriptors: Cues, Polish, Language Acquisition, Accuracy
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Song, Jae Yung; Eckman, Fred – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The purpose of this article is to report results of an investigation into the production of a covert contrast by native speakers of Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish in the acquisition of the English distinction between the high front vowels /i/ and /?/. A covert contrast is a statistically reliable acoustic distinction made by a language learner…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Vowels, Korean, Portuguese
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