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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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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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Durrleman, Stephanie – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
Understanding that people's ideas may be false is a challenging step in Theory of Mind (ToM) development, which is accomplished around the age of 4-5 years old by typically developing (TD) children. False-belief attribution remains difficult beyond this age for certain clinical populations, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where delays in…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Correlation, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Stegenwallner-Schütz, Maja; Adani, Flavia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
This study examines the discourse basis for referent accessibility and its relation to the choice of referring expressions by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and typically developing children. The aim is to delineate how the linguistic and extra-linguistic context affects referent accessibility to the speaker. The study also examines…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Syntax
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Sequeros-Valle, Jose; Hoot, Bradley; Cabrelli, Jennifer – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
This project examines whether second-language (L2) learners can converge on a native-like pattern at the interface between syntax and discourse under low and high processing pressure, using Spanish clitic-doubled left dislocation (CLLD) as a test case. The original version of the Interface Hypothesis (IH) predicts that L2 competence on…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Syntax, Second Language Learning, Linguistic Theory
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Schwartz, Geoffrey; Kazmierski, Kamil – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
This article presents an acoustic study of the acquisition of vowel formant dynamics in L2 (Southern British) English by Polish learners at two levels of proficiency, along with baseline data from L1 English and L1 Polish. Results from our experiment suggest that the acquisition of English vowels by Polish learners entails a temporal…
Descriptors: Vowels, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Chen, Tsung-Ying – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2020
In two artificial grammar learning experiments, we tested the learnability of tonal phonotactics forbidding non-domain-final rising tones (*NonFinalR) against the phonotactics banning non-domain-final high-level tones (*NonFinalH). We propose that a firm phonetic ground drives a presumably innate inductive bias favoring *NonFinalR and against…
Descriptors: Grammar, Artificial Languages, Intonation, Phonology
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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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