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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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Brentari, Diane; Coppola, Marie; Cho, Pyeong Whan; Senghas, Ann – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
In this article two dimensions of handshape complexity are analyzed as potential building blocks of phonological contrast-joint complexity and finger group complexity. We ask whether sign language patterns are elaborations of those seen in the gestures produced by hearing people without speech (pantomime) or a more radical reorganization of them.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Difficulty Level, Phonology
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Su, Yi – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
This study investigates 2-5-year-old Mandarin-speaking children's interpretation of the disjunction word "huozhe" ("or") in two positions in "ruguo" ("if")-conditional statements, i.e., in the antecedent clause versus in the consequent clause. The findings from three experiments show that the meanings…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Mandarin Chinese, Toddlers