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Schaeffer, Jeannette – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the question as to whether and how the linguistic and other cognitive abilities of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) differ from those of children with High-Functioning Autism (HFA). To this end, 27 Dutch-speaking elementary-school-age children with SLI, 27 age-matched children with HFA, and a control group…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognitive Ability, Language Skills
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Meyer, Caitlin; Barbiers, Sjef; Weerman, Fred – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study argues that the pattern and timing of ordinal acquisition differs substantially from that of cardinals and is influenced by different language-specific factors, such as (ir)regular ordinal morphology, superlative morphology, and the singular-plural distinction. We discuss data from a Give X task (Wynn 1992) administered to 77 Dutch…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Numbers
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Lin, Jing; Weerman, Fred; Zeijlstra, Hedde – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This article aims to investigate how Dutch children may eventually converge on a targetlike distribution of "hoeven" 'need,' a modal verbal NPI (Negative Polarity Item), based on its appearance in the scope of merely some but not all of its possible licensers in the language input (i.e., the induction problem). Imitation performance was…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Indo European Languages, Verbs, Task Analysis
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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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Altvater-Mackensen, Nicole; Fikkert, Paula – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2015
The present article investigates the acquisition of Manner of Articulation (MoA) contrasts in child language production. We analyzed spontaneous longitudinal speech data of four German and six Dutch 1- to 3-year-olds. The data suggest that the acquisition of MoA contrasts is influenced by various co-occurrence constraints at the word level.…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Longitudinal Studies, German