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Barlow, Jessica A. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
In this article, I present a longitudinal study of a child's (male, aged 3;0-3;4) acquisition of intervocalic consonants characterized within the framework of Optimality Theory (OT). At Stage I, the child presents with unusual error patterns, weakening and labial substitution, and shows evidence of phonologically opaque surface forms. These…
Descriptors: Error Patterns, Phonology, Language Acquisition, Case Studies
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Bohnacker, Ute – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
This article investigates the L2 acquisition of clausal syntax in postpuberty learners of German and Swedish regarding V2, VP headedness, and verb particle constructions. The learner data are tested against L2 theories according to which lower structural projections (VP) are acquired before higher functional projections (IP, CP), VP syntax is…
Descriptors: Verbs, Swedish, Native Speakers, German
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Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
This paper focuses on the temporal and modal meanings associated with root infinitives (RIs) and other non-finite clauses in several typologically diverse languages--English, Russian, Greek and Dutch. I discuss the role that event structure, aspect, and modality play in the interpretation of these clauses. The basic hypothesis is that in the…
Descriptors: Language Patterns, English, Russian, Indo European Languages
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Legate, Julie Anne; Yang, Charles – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
In this article, we propose that the Root Infinitive (RI) phenomenon in child language is best viewed and explained as the interaction between morphological learning and syntactic development. We make the following specific suggestions: The optionality in RI reflects the presence of a grammar such as Chinese which does not manifest tense marking.…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, French, Child Language, Language Acquisition
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Friedmann, Na'ama – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
SV sentences with unaccusative verbs like "The leaf fell" involve movement from object to subject position. This line of studies tested whether young children can produce this movement and whether they represent SV sentences with unaccusatives as derived by movement. In Hebrew, unaccusatives appear in both SV and VS orders. This optionality allows…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Sentence Structure, Speech, Grammar
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Pouscoulous, Nausicaa; Noveck, Ira A.; Politzer, Guy; Bastide, Anne – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
Much developmental work has been devoted to "scalar implicatures." These are implicitly communicated propositions linked to relatively weak terms (consider how "Some" pragmatically implies "Not all") that are more likely to be carried out by adults than by children. Children tend to retain the linguistically encoded…
Descriptors: Language Processing, French, Language Research, Language Acquisition
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Green, Lisa; Roeper, Thomas – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
This article considers the comprehension of tense-aspect markers remote past BIN and habitual be by 3- to 5-year-old developing African American English (AAE)-speaking children and their Southwest Louisiana Vernacular English (SwLVE)-speaking peers. Overall both groups of children associated BIN with the distant past; however, the AAE-speaking…
Descriptors: North American English, Syntax, Semantics, Indigenous Knowledge
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Gruter, Theres – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2006
The nature of the initial state in second-language (L2) acquisition is a much debated but still unresolved issue, due in part to the empirical problem of obtaining production data from L2 learners at very early stages in development. In an attempt to circumvent this problem, this article presents evidence from a comprehension-based experiment…
Descriptors: German, Interlanguage, Second Language Learning, Task Analysis
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Sugisaki, Koji; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2006
In this squib we examine the time course of children's acquisition of English to evaluate the basic insights of Kayne's (1981; 1984) proposals on preposition stranding. Kayne argued that the availability of preposition stranding (P-stranding) in English is parametrically linked to the availability of double object datives and the prepositional…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Language Acquisition, Child Language, Language Patterns
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Hendriks, Petra; Spenader, Jennifer – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2006
Data from child language comprehension show that children make errors in interpreting pronouns as late as age 6;6 yet correctly comprehend reflexives from the age of 3;0. On the other hand, data from child language production show that children correctly produce both pronouns and reflexives from the age of 2 or 3. Current explanations of this…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Child Language, Form Classes (Languages), Interpretive Skills
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McDaniel, Dana; Lech, Dorota – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In this study, we focused on the formulation of relative clauses with preposition and genitive pied-piping. Thirty child (5;9 to 8;4) and 30 adult Polish speakers were given an elicited production task and a grammaticality judgment task. Almost all of the children accepted preposition pied-piping, but only half of them produced it. We suggest that…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Language Processing, Children, Adults
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Hiramatsu, Kazuko – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In a series of production and grammaticality judgment experiments, I investigated the status of children's non-adult questions with 2 auxiliary verbs, such as "What did the smurf didn't buy." Previous studies showed that these questions were produced primarily in negative contexts. In the first part of the study, I tested whether children produce…
Descriptors: Verbs, Grammar, Preschool Children, Language Processing
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Felser, Claudia; Marinis, Theodore; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In this study, we investigate children's and adults' relative clause attachment preferences in sentences such as "The student photographed the fan of the actress who was looking happy." Twenty-nine 6- to 7-year-old monolingual English children and 37 adult native speakers of English participated both in an auditory questionnaire study and in an…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Sentences, Nouns, Native Speakers
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Slabakova, Roumyana; Montrul, Silvina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In this experimental study, we focus on the following semantic universal: if a habitual clause reading, then generic pronominal subject; if an episodic clause reading, then specific pronominal subject. We argue that although this set of two conditionals is a universal property of all natural languages, English-speaking second-language (L2)…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Semantics, Sentences, Spanish
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Geurts, Bart – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
It has been known for several decades that young children have difficulties with universal sentences. In this article, I present an analysis of the main errors that have been reported in the literature. My proposal is based on an old idea, namely, that children's errors are caused by a noncanonical mapping from syntactic form to semantic…
Descriptors: Semantics, Sentences, Context Effect, Language Universals
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