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Lillo-Martin, Diane; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
This article presents the authors' comments on Nina Hyams' article, "The Acquisition of Inflection: A Parameter Setting Approach" (AIPSA). The article began as a 1986 presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). Parts of it were also presented at the 4th Eastern States Conference on Linguistics (ESCOL) in 1987…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Verbs, Morphemes, Children
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Sugisaki, Koji – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
The acquisition of word order has been one of the central issues in the study of child language. One striking finding from the detailed investigation of various child languages is that from the earliest observable stages, children are highly sensitive to the basic word order of their target language. However, the evidence so far comes mainly from…
Descriptors: Child Language, Word Order, Language Acquisition, Japanese
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Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
First written in 1986, prior to the many findings concerning the optionality of finiteness and the root infinitive phenomenon, this article attempts to extend the parameter-setting model of grammatical development to the acquisition of inflectional morphology. I propose that the Stem Parameter, which states that a stem is/is not a well-formed word…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Grammar, Language Acquisition, Morphology (Languages)
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Tamburelli, Marco – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
This article argues for a theory of lexical acquisition that takes overgeneralization in monolinguals and syntactic transfer effects in bilinguals to be manifestations of the same underlying mechanism. The theory views both overgeneralization and transfer as epiphenomena of an updating system which spreads newly acquired information across…
Descriptors: Models, Transfer of Training, Language Acquisition, Bilingualism
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Unsworth, Sharon; Gualmini, Andrea; Helder, Christina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
Previous research suggests that children's behavior with respect to the interpretation of indefinite objects in negative sentences may differ depending on the target language: whereas young English-speaking children tend to select a surface scope interpretation (e.g., Musolino (1998)), young Dutch-speaking children consistently prefer an inverse…
Descriptors: Sentences, Speech Communication, Grammar, Indo European Languages
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Rothman, Jason; Iverson, Michael – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
Coupling a review of previous studies on the acquisition of grammatical aspects undertaken from contrasting paradigmatic views of second language acquisition (SLA) with new experimental data from L2 Portuguese, the present study contributes to this specific literature as well as general debates in L2 epistemology. We tested 31 adult English…
Descriptors: Morphology (Languages), Semantics, Syntax, Second Language Learning
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Duffield, Nigel – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
This article is concerned with the proper characterization of subject omission at a particular stage in German child language. It focuses on post-verbal null subjects in finite clauses, here termed Rogues. It is argued that the statistically significant presence of Rogues, in conjunction with their distinct developmental profile, speaks against a…
Descriptors: Child Language, German, Sentence Structure, Grammar
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Guasti, Maria Teresa; Gavarro, Anna; de Lange, Joke; Caprin, Claudia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
Article omission is known to be a feature of early grammar, although it does not affect all child languages to the same extent. In this article we analyze the production of articles by 12 children, 4 speakers of Catalan, 4 speakers of Italian, and 4 speakers of Dutch. We consider the results in the light of (i) the adult input the children are…
Descriptors: Semantics, Nouns, Syntax, Form Classes (Languages)
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O'Grady, William; Yamashita, Yoshie; Cho, Sookeun – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
Languages can differ in fundamental ways with respect to the syntax of sentences with a "missing" direct object. Whereas Japanese and Korean permit null direct objects that are licensed under general discourse conditions (the recoverability of the referent from context) without regard for choice of verb, object ellipsis in English obeys lexical…
Descriptors: Verbs, Syntax, English, Language Acquisition
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Kehoe, Margaret; Hilaire-Debove, Geraldine; Demuth, Katherine; Lleo, Conxita – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
Consonant-glide-vowel (CGV) sequences are represented differently across languages. In some languages, the CG sequence is represented as a branching onset; in other languages, the GV sequence is represented as a rising diphthong. Given variable syllabification across languages, this study examines how young children represent CGV sequences. In…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Error Patterns, Vowels, French
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Grinstead, John; Cantu-Sanchez, Myriam; Flores-Avalos, Blanca – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
In this study, we investigate whether specific language impairment (SLI) manifests itself grammatically in the same way in Spanish and English with respect to nominal plural marking. English-speaking children with SLI are very proficient at marking plural on nouns. Spanish has two main nominal plural allomorphs: /s/ and /es/. The /es/ allomorph…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Speech Communication, Nouns, Morphemes
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Pirvulescu, Mihaela; Belzil, Isabelle – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
Much developmental work has been devoted to the acquisition of object clitics in French. There is a consensus that in early grammar, children omit object clitics in contexts where an adult would not. Several analyses have been put forth, among which, one proposing a close link between the omission of object clitics and the presence of past…
Descriptors: Verbs, Foreign Countries, French, Linguistic Theory
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Blom, Elma – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
This article focuses on the meaning of nonfinite clauses ("root infinitives") in Dutch and English child language. I present experimental and naturalistic data confirming the claim that Dutch root infinitives are more often modal than English root infinitives. This cross-linguistic difference is significantly smaller than previously assumed,…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, English, Vocabulary Development, Verbs
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Matsuo, Ayumi – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
This article describes how English and Japanese children interpret empty categories in Verb Phrase Ellipsis contexts as in (1):(1) The penguin [sat on his chair] and the robot did [delta], too. To obtain an adultlike interpretation of (1), English children have to do two things. First, they need to find a suitable antecedent for the empty verb…
Descriptors: Verbs, Semantics, Language Patterns, Japanese
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Anderson, Bruce – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
In this article I provide evidence that despite frequently cited differences between child first language (L1) and adult second language (L2) speakers in overt behavior (performance) during grammatical development, the nature, source, and limits of implicit knowledge (competence) in native and second language grammars are equivalent (i.e., they…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Syntax, Nouns, French
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