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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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Rett, Jessica; Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
This article presents several empirical studies of syntactically encoded evidentiality in English. The first part of our study consists of an adult online experiment that confirms claims in Asudeh & Toivonen (2012) that raised Perception Verb Similatives (PVSs; e.g. "John looks like he is sick") encode direct evidentiality. We then…
Descriptors: Syntax, Databases, Grammar, Correlation
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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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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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Sigurjonsdottir, Sigriour; Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 1992
Studied interpretation of local anaphor "sjalfan sig," the long-distance anaphor "sig," and pronouns in 55 Icelandic-speaking children and 10 adult controls. Results support an approach to binding that distinguishes the syntactic use of sig from its logophoric use and treats sig as a pronominal both in its internal structure…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Universals, Linguistic Theory