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Su, Yi – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
This study investigates 2-5-year-old Mandarin-speaking children's interpretation of the disjunction word "huozhe" ("or") in two positions in "ruguo" ("if")-conditional statements, i.e., in the antecedent clause versus in the consequent clause. The findings from three experiments show that the meanings…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Mandarin Chinese, Toddlers
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Syrett, Kristen; Musolino, Julien – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2013
Sentences containing plural numerical expressions (e.g., "two boys") can give rise to two interpretations (collective and distributive), arising from the fact that their representation admits of a part-whole structure. We present the results of a series of experiments designed to explore children's understanding of this distinction…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Comprehension, Child Language, Preschool Children
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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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Conroy, Anastasia; Lidz, Jeffrey; Musolino, Julien – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2009
We demonstrate a U-shaped developmental trajectory in the interpretation of scopally ambiguous sentences, with 4-year-olds and adults, but not 5-year-olds, accessing inverse scope. These results argue against any view that treats 5-year-olds failures as resulting from immaturity of a single mechanism. Instead, we propose that this developmental…
Descriptors: Sentences, Figurative Language, Preschool Children, Adults