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Reuter, Tracy; Sullivan, Mia; Lew-Williams, Casey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2022
Prediction-based theories posit that interlocutors use prediction to process language efficiently and to coordinate dialogue. The present study evaluated whether listeners can use spatial deixis (i.e., "this," "that," "these," and "those") to predict the plurality and proximity of a speaker's upcoming…
Descriptors: Prediction, Language Processing, Native Language, English
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Huang, Nick; White, Aaron Steven; Liao, Chia-Hsuan; Hacquard, Valentine; Lidz, Jeffrey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2022
Attitude verbs like "think" and "want" describe mental states (belief and desire) that lack reliable physical correlates that could help children learn their meanings. Nevertheless, children succeed in doing so. For this reason, attitude verbs have been a parade case for syntactic bootstrapping. We assess a recent syntactic…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Linguistic Theory, Verbs, Psycholinguistics
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Pérez-Leroux, Ana T.; Roberge, Yves; Lowles, Alex; Schulz, Petra – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2022
Languages vary according to which morphosyntactic forms of embedding are present in the grammar as well as to which of these forms allow recursive embedding. The present study examines how German-speaking children discover which forms of embedding are recursive. In German, possessive modifiers are expressed by several structural options (i.e.,…
Descriptors: German, Native Language, Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure
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Nguyen, An D.; Legendre, Geraldine – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2022
We present in this article corpus analyses, two experiments, and a preliminary English-French comparison on children's acquisition of "wh"-in-situ. Our examination of 10,000 "wh"-questions from CHILDES reveals that the reported empirical picture of "wh"-question acquisition in English is incomplete: A type of…
Descriptors: Linguistic Input, Language Acquisition, Questioning Techniques, Preschool Children
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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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Pagliarini, Elena; Reyes, Marta Andrada; Guasti, Maria Teresa; Crain, Stephen; Gavarró, Anna – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
In English, the sentence "Mary didn't eat pizza or sushi" is assigned the "neither interpretation" (both disjuncts must be false). In Mandarin Chinese, the equivalent sentence is assigned the at least one interpretation (at least one disjunct must be false). The cross-linguistic variation in the interpretation of negative…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Contrastive Linguistics
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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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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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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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Cournane, Ailís – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
This paper revisits the longstanding observation that children produce modal verbs (e.g., must, could) with their root meanings (e.g., abilities, obligations) by age 2, typically a year or more earlier than with their epistemic meanings (e.g., inferences). Established explanations for this "Epistemic Gap" argue that epistemic language…
Descriptors: Verbs, Language Acquisition, Inferences, Syntax
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Lecouvet, Mathieu; Degand, Liesbeth; Suner, Ferran – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2021
The Bottleneck Hypothesis argues that properties of inflectional morphology explain why second-language learners may face persistent difficulties in articulating meaning in target-language forms. In particular, the acquisition task proves even harder when first and second languages differ in the way they organize the mapping of functional features…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Second Language Learning, Native Language, Syntax
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