NotesFAQContact Us
Collection
Advanced
Search Tips
Audience
Laws, Policies, & Programs
Assessments and Surveys
Cattell Culture Fair…1
What Works Clearinghouse Rating
Showing 1 to 15 of 39 results Save | Export
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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)
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Garcia, Rowena; Roeser, Jens; Höhle, Barbara – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
It is a common finding across languages that young children have problems in understanding patient-initial sentences. We used Tagalog, a verb-initial language with a reliable voice-marking system and highly frequent patient voice constructions, to test the predictions of several accounts that have been proposed to explain this difficulty: the…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Tagalog, Cues, Morphology (Languages)
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Bosch, Sina; Veríssimo, João; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This study addresses the question of how age of acquisition (AoA) affects grammatical processing, specifically with respect to inflectional morphology, in bilinguals. We examined experimental data of more than 100 participants from the Russian/German community in Berlin, all of whom acquired Russian from birth and German at different ages. Using…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages), Syntax
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Rastelli, Stefano – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The Discontinuity Model (DM) described in this article proposes that adults can learn part of L2 morphosyntax twice, in two different ways. The same item can be learned as the product of generation by a rule or as a modification of a template already stored in memory. These learning modalities, which are often seen as opposed in language theory,…
Descriptors: Adults, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Kennedy, Lynda; Romoli, Jacopo; Tieu, Lyn; Moscati, Vincenzo; Folli, Raffaella – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Children have been reported to prefer the surface scope or "isomorphic" reading of scopally ambiguous sentences (Musolino 1998, among others). Existing accounts in the literature differ with respect to the proposed source of this "isomorphism effect." Some accounts are based on learnability considerations (e.g., Moscati &…
Descriptors: Aphasia, Preferences, Ambiguity (Context), Pragmatics
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Belletti, Adriana; Manetti, Claudia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Through two elicited production experiments we investigated how preschool Italian-speaking children access the left periphery of the clause with respect to topics in Clitic Left Dislocation (ClLD) structures. Since the discourse conditions of the experiments are felicitous for the production of passives as well, we also investigated children's…
Descriptors: Italian, Preschool Children, Phrase Structure, Discourse Analysis
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Janke, Vikki – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
The reference of understood subjects (ecs) in complement control (John persuaded Peter[subscript i] ec[subscript i] to read the book) and temporal adjunct control (John[subscript i] tapped Peter while ec[subscript i] reading the book) has long been described as restricted to the object and subject of the main clause respectively. These…
Descriptors: Grammar, Pictorial Stimuli, Comprehension, Children
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Özçelik, Öner – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
According to the Interface Hypothesis (IH) (e.g., Tsimpli & Sorace 2006; Sorace 2011), external interfaces are more challenging for L2 learners than internal interfaces. It is not clear, however, if linguistic phenomena associated with external interfaces are necessarily problematic and if internal interfaces are necessarily unproblematic. In…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Second Language Learning, Turkish, Native Language
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Geçkin, Vasfiye; Thornton, Rosalind; Crain, Stephen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the interpretation of disjunction words (English or) in negative sentences by Turkish- and German-speaking children. Both children and adults were asked to judge Turkish/German sentences corresponding to the English sentence "This animal did not eat the carrot or the pepper." Children acquiring both languages…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Turkish, Language Acquisition, German
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Dimroth, Christine; Schimke, Sarah; Turco, Giuseppina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
We examine whether German children attach an adultlike relevance to the pragmatic category of polarity contrast (e.g., "In my picture the child IS eating the candies" following after "In my picture the child is not eating the candies") with linguistic expressions (i.e., the affirmative particles…
Descriptors: German, Form Classes (Languages), Language Acquisition, Children
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Aravind, Athulya; Hackl, Martin; Wexler, Ken – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
We present a series of experiments investigating English-speaking children's comprehension of "it"-clefts and "wh"-pseudoclefts. Previous developmental work has found children to have asymmetric difficulties interpreting object clefts. We show that these difficulties disappear when clefts are presented in felicitous contexts,…
Descriptors: Syntax, Pragmatics, English, Language Acquisition
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
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
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
Cremers, Alexandre; Tieu, Lyn; Chemla, Emmanuel – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
Questions, just like plain declarative sentences, can give rise to multiple interpretations. As discussed by Spector & Egré (2015), among others, questions embedded under know are ambiguous between "weakly exhaustive" (WE), "intermediate exhaustive" (IE), and "strongly exhaustive" (SE) interpretations (for…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Ambiguity (Semantics), Comparative Analysis, Enrichment
Previous Page | Next Page »
Pages: 1  |  2  |  3