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Armon-Lotem, Sharon; Haman, Ewa; de López, Kristine Jensen; Smoczynska, Magdalena; Yatsushiro, Kazuko; Szczerbinski, Marcin; van Hout, Angeliek; Dabašinskiene, Ineta; Gavarró, Anna; Hobbs, Erin; Kamandulyte-Merfeldiene, Laura; Katsos, Napoleon; Kunnari, Sari; Nitsiou, Chrisa; Olsen, Lone Sundahl; Parramon, Xavier; Sauerland, Uli; Torn-Leesik, Reeli; van der Lely, Heather – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This cross-linguistic study evaluates children's understanding of passives in 11 typologically different languages: Catalan, Cypriot Greek, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Lithuanian, and Polish. The study intends to determine whether the reported gaps between the comprehension of active and passive and between short and…
Descriptors: Language Research, Form Classes (Languages), Language Processing, Language Acquisition
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De Lisser, Tamirand Nnena; Durrleman, Stephanie; Rizzi, Luigi; Shlonsky, Ur – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article provides the first systematic analysis of early subject omission in a creole language. Basing our analysis on a longitudinal corpus of natural production of Jamaican Creole (JC), we observe that early subject drop is robustly attested for several months. Early subject omission is basically confined to the clause initial position,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creoles, Language Acquisition, Sentences
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Rakhlin, Natalia; Kornilov, Sergey A.; Kornilova, Tatiana V.; Grigorenko, Elena L. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
We investigated relative clause (RC) comprehension in 44 Russian-speaking children with typical language (TD) and developmental language disorder (DLD) (M age = 10;67, SD = 2.84) and 22 adults. Flexible word order and morphological case in Russian allowed us to isolate factors that are obscured in English, helping us to identify sources of…
Descriptors: Russian, Children, Language Impairments, Comparative Analysis
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Durrleman, Stephanie; Delage, Hélène – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This study investigates syntax in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), its parallelism with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and its relation to other aspects of cognition. We focus on (1) 3rd person accusative clitic (ACC3) production, a clinical marker of SLI hypothesized to relate to WM, and (2) 1st person accusative clitic (ACC1) production,…
Descriptors: Syntax, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Language Impairments
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Pladevall-Ballester, Elisabet – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
Given that L1A of subject properties in non-null subject languages emerges later than that of null subject languages, this study aims at determining to what extent the same pattern of acquisition is observed in early child L2A in bilingual immersion settings where English and Spanish are both source and target languages. Using an elicited oral…
Descriptors: Native Language, Second Language Learning, Child Language, Bilingualism
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Tieu, Lyn; Lidz, Jeffrey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article presents a study of preschool-aged children's knowledge of the semantics of the negative polarity item (NPI) "any". NPIs like "any" differ in distribution from non-polarity-sensitive indefinites like "a": "Any" is restricted to downward-entailing linguistic environments (Fauconnier 1975, 1979;…
Descriptors: Semantics, Language Acquisition, Preschool Children, Comparative Analysis
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Morales-Reyes, Alexandra; Soler, Inmaculada Gómez – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
L2 learners' problems with English articles have been linked to learners' L1 and their access to universal semantic features (e.g., definiteness and specificity). Studies suggest that L2 adults rely on their L1 knowledge, while child L2 learners rely more on their access to semantic universals. The present study investigates whether child L2…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Semantics, Language Research, Form Classes (Languages)
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van der Feest, Suzanne V. H.; Johnson, Elizabeth K. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
How does phonological development differ in children exposed to one versus two variants of a single language? If children receive mixed evidence for a phonological contrast (i.e., one language variant in the environment maintains a contrast while another neutralizes it), will they treat this contrast as noncontrastive (i.e., as allophonic)? Or…
Descriptors: Linguistic Input, Toddlers, Indo European Languages, Language Variation
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Choe, Jinsun; Deen, Kamil – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article explores English-speaking children's acquisition of raising structures with an experiencer (e.g.," John seems to Mary to be happy"). We review and address previously unnoticed issues in the methodologies of existing studies testing the acquisition of raising, thus providing a more reliable picture of children's abilities…
Descriptors: English, Language Acquisition, Form Classes (Languages), Difficulty Level
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Santos, Ana Lúcia; Gonçalves, Anabela; Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
We investigate the acquisition of sentential complementation under causative, perception, and object control verbs in European Portuguese, a language rich in complement types, including the typologically marked inflected infinitives. We tested 58 children between 3 and 5 years of age and 24 adults on a sentence completion task. The results support…
Descriptors: Portuguese, Verbs, Language Acquisition, Young Children
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Gagliardi, Annie; Mease, Tara M.; Lidz, Jeffrey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article investigates infant comprehension of filler-gap dependencies. Three experiments probe 15- and 20-month-olds' comprehension of two filler-gap dependencies: "wh"-questions and relative clauses. Experiment 1 shows that both age groups appear to comprehend "wh"-questions. Experiment 2 shows that only the younger…
Descriptors: Infants, Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Language Processing
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Rispoli, Matthew – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article investigates the relationship between third person singular present tense agreement morphemes, copula "is" and verb-"s", at 2;00 and 2;03. Language samples from 60 children at 2;00 were analyzed for the productivity of copula "is" as measured by the number of different morphemes preceding "is"…
Descriptors: Grammar, Verbs, Young Children, Vocabulary
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Lobo, Maria; Santos, Ana Lúcia; Soares-Jesel, Carla – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article investigates the acquisition of different types of clefts and of "be"-fragments in European Portuguese. We first present the main syntactic and discourse properties of different cleft structures and of "be"-fragments in European Portuguese, and we discuss how data from first language acquisition may contribute to…
Descriptors: Portuguese, Language Acquisition, Task Analysis, Language Processing
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Syrett, Kristen; Musolino, Julien – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
The way in which an event is packaged linguistically can be informative about the number of participants in the event and the nature of their participation. At times, however, a sentence is ambiguous, and pragmatic information weighs in to favor one interpretation over another. Whereas adults may readily know how to pick up on such cues to…
Descriptors: Semantics, Pragmatics, Child Language, Ambiguity (Semantics)
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Kim, Eunah; Baek, Soondo; Tremblay, Annie – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2015
This study investigates whether adult second language learners' online processing of "wh"-dependencies is constrained by island constraints on movement. Proficiency-matched Spanish and Korean learners of English completed a grammaticality judgment task and a stop-making-sense task designed to examine their knowledge of the relative…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Processing, Sentences, Language Proficiency
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