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ERIC Number: EJ1203360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
The Acquisition of the "Get"-Passive
Gotowski, Megan
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v26 n1 p1-20 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 task indicate that 3-year-olds are above chance only with "get"-passives with "animate" subjects, which suggests that early "get"-"passives" may actually be (active) control structures requiring a thematic agent. Children 4-6 years old perform equally well with "get" and "be." Results from the act-out task further reveal that children ages 4;02 and older interpret the "by"-phrase in nontruncated actional passives (with "get" and with "be") and analyze it as agentive. This is consistent with a raising analysis for both passive types after the age of 4. There is no advantage to either type of passive at this point, contra previous claims in the literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)