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Mateu, Victoria; Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
Experimental studies show that children have greater difficulty with "wh"-extraction from object position than subject position, arguably an intervention effect (e.g., Relativized Minimality). In this study we provide additional evidence of a S/O asymmetry in A'-dependencies from a novel source--sluicing. The results of our first…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Intervention, English, Preschool Children
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Syrett, Kristen; Austin, Jennifer; Sanchez, Liliana – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
Quantificational elements such as some pose a challenge to young language learners, given their vague meaning and ability to take on an upper-bounded interpretation (relative to "all") in certain contexts. The challenge is enhanced when a child is acquiring multiple languages that do not share a one-to-one mapping between their lexical…
Descriptors: English, Monolingualism, Second Language Learning, Multilingualism
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Howitt, Katherine; Dey, Soumik; Sakas, William Gregory – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
In this article, we propose a reconceptualization of the principles and parameters (P&P) framework. We argue that in lieu of discrete parameter values, a parameter value exists on a gradient plane that encodes a learner's confidence that a particular parametric structure licenses the utterances in the learner's linguistic input. Crucially,…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Language Acquisition, Computational Linguistics, Guidelines
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Schaeffer, Jeannette; Durrleman, Stephanie; Eigsti, Inge-Marie – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
This Special Issue on linguistic and cognitive development in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) arose from the 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) (2017), when Jeannette Schaeffer, Stephanie Durrleman, and Inge-Marie Eigsti organized a symposium on this topic. It shows that the study of language development…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognitive Development
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Shimada, Hiroyuki; Goro, Takuya – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
In a body of empirical research, it has been observed that young children from across different linguistic communities adhered to a particular type of nonadult interpretation of disjunction: They appear to interpret disjunction conjunctively. Through three experiments with Japanese-speaking preschoolers, we investigate the source of this nonadult…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Japanese, Preschool Children, Form Classes (Languages)
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Ruberg, Tobias – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
This study addresses the question of whether gender agreement is impaired in SLI German. Article production and gender marking on articles were examined in three groups of German-speaking children: 10 children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), 10 age-matched typically developing (TD) children, and 10 TD children who were on average two…
Descriptors: Grammar, German, Language Impairments, Form Classes (Languages)
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Schaeffer, Jeannette – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
This study addresses the question as to what cognitive abilities influence performance on article choice and direct object scrambling in high-functioning Dutch-speaking children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Schaeffer (2016/2018) shows that a group of 27 high-functioning Dutch-speaking children with ASD, aged 5-14, overgenerates the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Eigsti, Inge-Marie; Irvine, Christina A. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
This study tests the role of verbal mediation during theory of mind processing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Adolescents with ASD or typical development completed a false belief task while simultaneously performing a verbal or nonverbal load task. There was no group difference in false belief "accuracy;" however, under verbal load,…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Theory of Mind, Adolescents
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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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