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Xu, Ting; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
When "again" modifies an English goal-PP construction, the sentence is ambiguous between a repetitive and a restitutive reading. Interestingly, languages vary in whether their counterpart to English "again" permits a restitutive reading with goal-PP constructions (Beck 2005; Beck & Snyder 2001). This article explores how…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, English, Syntax, Ambiguity (Semantics)
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Lillo-Martin, Diane; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2010
In English the nonfinite form is simply a bare verb, but in languages with a morphological distinction it usually takes the form of an infinitive. During the relevant stage the child, unlike an adult, sometimes uses an infinitive as the main verb of a root clause. Luigi Rizzi and certain other researchers therefore favor the term "root…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Young Children, Verbs, Syntax
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Lillo-Martin, Diane; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2009
Passives has been the focus of much research in language acquisition since the 1970s. It has been clear from this research that young children seldom produce passives spontaneously, particularly "long" or "full" passives with a by-phrase; and they usually perform poorly on experimental tests of the comprehension of passives, especially passives of…
Descriptors: Language Research, Verbs, Performance Factors, Language Acquisition
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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; 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