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Thornton, Rosalind; Rombough, Kelly – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2015
To test between two recent accounts of the early stages in the acquisition of negation, we conducted an elicited production study with 25 children, between 2;05 and 3;04 (mean 2;11). The experimental study produced a robust set of negative sentences, with considerable individual variation. Although 13 of the child participants mainly produced…
Descriptors: Syntax, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Toddlers
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Crain, Stephen; Thornton, Rosalind; Murasugi, Keiko – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2009
In the 1980s, researchers in child language devised several new experimental techniques to assess children's emerging linguistic competence. Innovations in methodology were needed to bridge the apparent gap between the expectation of rapid language acquisition, based on linguistic theory, and the protracted acquisition that was being witnessed…
Descriptors: Linguistic Competence, Linguistics, Child Language, Language Acquisition
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Notley, Anna; Zhou, Peng; Crain, Stephen; Thornton, Rosalind – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2009
Children often produce nonadult responses to sentences with the focus operator only, such as "Only the cat is holding a flag." For example, children often accept this sentence as a description of a situation in which a cat holds a flag and a duck holds both a flag and a balloon. One proposed analysis, by Paterson, Liversedge, Rowland & Filik…
Descriptors: Sentences, Form Classes (Languages), Mandarin Chinese, Child Language