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Ailís Cournane; Mina Hirzel; Valentine Hacquard – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
Modals (e.g., "can," "must") vary along two dimensions of meaning: "force" (i.e., possibility or necessity), and "flavor" (i.e., possibilities relative to knowledge [epistemic], goals [teleological], or rules [deontic] …). Comprehension studies show that children struggle with both force and flavor…
Descriptors: Verbs, Language Acquisition, Child Language, Definitions
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Joanine Hester Nel; Frenette Southwood; Michelle Jennifer White – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
The acquisition of passives is well-studied in many languages, with evidence of crosslinguistic differences in the age at which passives are acquired. The aim of this study is to add to the existing knowledge of child acquisition of passives by providing data from Afrikaans and isiXhosa, two under-researched and typologically different languages…
Descriptors: African Languages, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Language Classification
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Yoshiki Fujiwara; Hiroyuki Shimada – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
The goal of this paper is to tease apart two approaches to the source of children's consistent scope assignment in negative sentences containing logical connectives: the Semantic Subset Principle and the Semantic Subset Maxim. Previous developmental work has observed that four- to six-year-old children across languages have difficulty with…
Descriptors: Semantics, Language Acquisition, Form Classes (Languages), Morphemes
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Dimitrios Ntelitheos; Marta Szreder – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
We provide an account of the developmental trajectory of Emirati Arabic negation particles. We treat the non-verbal predicate negator (NVPN) "mub" as a negative copula, in contrast to the verbal predicate negator (VPN) "maa," which encodes sentential negation in verbal and existential contexts. The analysis is supported by…
Descriptors: Arabic, Language Variation, Foreign Countries, Morphemes
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John Grinstead; Ramón Padilla-Reyes; Melissa Nieves-Rivera; Morgan Oates – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
We test children's distributive and collective sentence interpretations and the variables that predict them. In our first experiment, we establish that adult English collective sentences with "the" or "some" in the subject are categorically collective in their interpretations. We further demonstrate that children's collective…
Descriptors: Child Language, Goodness of Fit, Sentences, Prediction
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Naila Tallas-Mahajna; Esther Dromi – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
Given the rich bound morphology of Spoken Arabic, an attempt was made here to construct a developmental measure corresponding to the mean length utterance (MLU) in English and to morpheme-per-utterance (MPU) in Hebrew. The adaptation to Arabic resulted in a new measurement termed Arabic-MPU, that was experimentally tested on a sample of 98…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Morphemes, Language Acquisition, Arabic
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Aaricia Ponnet; Ludovic De Cuypere – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
We investigated the acquisition of Hindi split ergativity (zero or "-ne" marking) and Hindi differential object marking (DOM; zero or "-ko" marking) by L1 speakers of Dutch. Both grammatical phenomena are conditioned by multiple syntactic and semantic features. On a descriptive level, the study aims to examine when and how…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Accuracy, Profiles, Native Language
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Lauren Berger; Jennie Pyers; Amy Lieberman; Naomi Caselli – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2024
Most deaf children have hearing parents who do not know a sign language at birth and are at risk of limited language input during early childhood. Studying these children as they learn a sign language has revealed that timing of first-language exposure critically shapes language outcomes. But the input deaf children receive in their first language…
Descriptors: Deafness, American Sign Language, Native Language, Language Acquisition
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Dracos, Melisa; Requena, Pablo E. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2023
The Spanish subjunctive mood (SUBJ) is said to be highly vulnerable in heritage language (HL) acquisition. However, there is little controlled research on HL-speaking children acquiring the various Spanish SUBJ contexts, so we do not have a clear picture of when, how, or why heritage speakers (HSs) develop in the SUBJ as they do. This study tests…
Descriptors: Spanish, Verbs, Form Classes (Languages), Monolingualism
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Pathak, Siddhi; Sovani-Kelkar, Pallavi – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2023
Early identification of language delay is important as it has a serious impact on a child's life in terms of educational, social, and emotional development. Among the early language screening tools, there are some parent-administered tools; however, they are not culturally appropriate or freely available. This article documents the development and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Impairments, Infants, Disability Identification
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Angelopoulos, Nikos; Bagioka, Dafni-Vaia; Terzi, Arhonto – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2023
The most recent studies on the acquisition of evidentiality, be it morphologically or syntactically encoded, have argued that the comprehension lag detected is due to factors having to do with others' authority or mental perspective, where "others" stands for other individuals involved in the experiment in various manners (e.g., the…
Descriptors: Syntax, Language Acquisition, Morphology (Languages), Age Differences
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Aravind, Athulya; Koring, Loes – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2023
Children's understanding of passives of certain mental state predicates appears to lag behind passives of so-called actional predicates, an asymmetry that has posed a major empirical challenge for theories of passive acquisition. This paper argues against the dominant view in the literature that treats the predicate-based asymmetry as…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Grammar, Syntax
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Babineau, Mireille; Havron, Naomi; Dautriche, Isabelle; de Carvalho, Alex; Christophe, Anne – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2023
Young children can exploit the syntactic context of a novel word to narrow down its probable meaning. This is "syntactic bootstrapping." A learner that uses syntactic bootstrapping to foster lexical acquisition must first have identified the semantic information that a syntactic context provides. Based on the "semantic seed…
Descriptors: Syntax, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development, Language Processing
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de Carvalho, Alex; Gomes, Victor; Trueswell, John – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2023
We studied English-learning children's ability to learn the meanings of novel words from sentences containing truth-functional negation (Exp1) and to use the semantics of negation to inform word meaning (Exp2). In Exp1, 22-month-olds (n = 21) heard dialogues introducing a novel verb in either negative-transitive "("Mary didn't blick the…
Descriptors: English, Native Language, Language Acquisition, Classification
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Lidz, Jeffrey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2023
A fundamental question in psycholinguistics concerns how grammatical structure contributes to real-time sentence parsing and understanding. While many argue that grammatical structure is only loosely related to on-line parsing, others hold the view that the two are tightly linked. Here, I use the incremental growth of grammatical structure in…
Descriptors: Grammar, Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Decision Making
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