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Penke, Martina; Rothweiler, Monika – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
The study aims at identifying characteristic phenotypes for children with SLI and children with sensorineural hearing impairment (HI) in language and in domains associated with language. We focus on verbal agreement inflection and phonological short-term memory, phenomena that have been repeatedly found to be impaired in both groups of children. A…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Language Impairments, Hearing Impairments, German
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Fleckstein, Alice; Prévost, Philippe; Tuller, Laurice; Sizaret, Eva; Zebib, Rasha – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Identifying specific language impairment (SLI) in bilingual children represents a clinical challenge because of similarities in language behavior between child second language learners and monolinguals with SLI and because of the lack of standardized language tests on bilingual children. This study investigated the relevance of a LITMUS (Language…
Descriptors: Identification, Language Impairments, French, Bilingualism
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Castilla-Earls, Anny; Pérez-Leroux, Ana Teresa; Restrepo, Maria Adelaida; Gaile, Daniel; Chen, Ziqiang – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the use of the Spanish subjunctive in bilingual children with and without specific language impairments (SLI). Using an elicitation task, we examine: (i) the potential of the subjunctive as a grammatical marker of SLI in Spanish-English bilingual children, (ii) the extent to which degree of bilingualism affects performance,…
Descriptors: Spanish, Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Torrens, Vicenç; Yagüe, Esther – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This article studies three measures of phonological working memory as tools to identify SLI children: word repetition, nonce word repetition, and digit memory. We propose that a deficit in the phonological loop causes a delay in the acquisition of lexicon, morphosyntax, and discourse. In this research we try to find out whether the scores in these…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Speech Impairments, Short Term Memory, Phonology
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Schaeffer, Jeannette – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the question as to whether and how the linguistic and other cognitive abilities of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) differ from those of children with High-Functioning Autism (HFA). To this end, 27 Dutch-speaking elementary-school-age children with SLI, 27 age-matched children with HFA, and a control group…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognitive Ability, Language Skills
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Mitrofanova, Natalia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
The article focuses on the omission of locative prepositions in child Russian. We report on two experiments: a production task and a comprehension task. Results from the elicited production task show that the majority of 2- and a minority of 3-year-olds (i) omit locative prepositions at nonnegligible rates, and (ii) do not conform to targetlike…
Descriptors: Russian, Phrase Structure, Task Analysis, Infants
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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
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Valente, Daniela; Ferré, Pilar; Soares, Ana; Rato, Anabela; Comesaña, Montserrat – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Very few studies exist on the role of cross-language similarities in cognate word acquisition. Here we sought to explore, for the first time, the interplay of orthography (O) and phonology (P) during the early stages of cognate word acquisition, looking at children and adults with the same level of foreign language proficiency and by using two…
Descriptors: Phonology, Language Processing, Second Language Learning, Native Language
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Meyer, Caitlin; Barbiers, Sjef; Weerman, Fred – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study argues that the pattern and timing of ordinal acquisition differs substantially from that of cardinals and is influenced by different language-specific factors, such as (ir)regular ordinal morphology, superlative morphology, and the singular-plural distinction. We discuss data from a Give X task (Wynn 1992) administered to 77 Dutch…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Numbers
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Lungu, Oana – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Sentences involving definite DPs can give rise to a "simultaneous" reading where the property expressed by the DP holds at the time introduced by the verb's tense or an "indexical" reading where the property expressed by the DP holds at the utterance time. This article discusses an experiment showing that children prefer…
Descriptors: Portuguese, Child Language, Form Classes (Languages), Verbs
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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
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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
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Lin, Jing; Weerman, Fred; Zeijlstra, Hedde – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This article aims to investigate how Dutch children may eventually converge on a targetlike distribution of "hoeven" 'need,' a modal verbal NPI (Negative Polarity Item), based on its appearance in the scope of merely some but not all of its possible licensers in the language input (i.e., the induction problem). Imitation performance was…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Indo European Languages, Verbs, Task Analysis
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Joo, Kum-Jeong; Yoo, Isaiah WonHo – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Children's development of the functional category of articles can be explained in two ways. One approach assumes that children are equipped with innate knowledge of the category, while the other assumes that children's early articles are limited-scope formulae. Using Eisenbeiss's (2000) criteria for determining the status of DPs, developed for a…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), English, Databases, German
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Armstrong, Meghan E. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
It is well known that mental state verbs are difficult to acquire, but little is known about the acquisition of mental state language encoded through intonation. Puerto Rican Spanish (PRS) has at least three intonation contours available for marking polar questions (PQs): ¡H*L% marks an utterance as a PQ; H+L*L%, in addition to doing the former,…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Development, Intonation, Speech
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