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Rastelli, Stefano – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The Discontinuity Model (DM) described in this article proposes that adults can learn part of L2 morphosyntax twice, in two different ways. The same item can be learned as the product of generation by a rule or as a modification of a template already stored in memory. These learning modalities, which are often seen as opposed in language theory,…
Descriptors: Adults, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory
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Kennedy, Lynda; Romoli, Jacopo; Tieu, Lyn; Moscati, Vincenzo; Folli, Raffaella – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Children have been reported to prefer the surface scope or "isomorphic" reading of scopally ambiguous sentences (Musolino 1998, among others). Existing accounts in the literature differ with respect to the proposed source of this "isomorphism effect." Some accounts are based on learnability considerations (e.g., Moscati &…
Descriptors: Aphasia, Preferences, Ambiguity (Context), Pragmatics
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Belletti, Adriana; Manetti, Claudia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Through two elicited production experiments we investigated how preschool Italian-speaking children access the left periphery of the clause with respect to topics in Clitic Left Dislocation (ClLD) structures. Since the discourse conditions of the experiments are felicitous for the production of passives as well, we also investigated children's…
Descriptors: Italian, Preschool Children, Phrase Structure, Discourse Analysis
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Garcia, Rowena; Roeser, Jens; Höhle, Barbara – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
It is a common finding across languages that young children have problems in understanding patient-initial sentences. We used Tagalog, a verb-initial language with a reliable voice-marking system and highly frequent patient voice constructions, to test the predictions of several accounts that have been proposed to explain this difficulty: the…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Tagalog, Cues, Morphology (Languages)
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Bosch, Sina; Veríssimo, João; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This study addresses the question of how age of acquisition (AoA) affects grammatical processing, specifically with respect to inflectional morphology, in bilinguals. We examined experimental data of more than 100 participants from the Russian/German community in Berlin, all of whom acquired Russian from birth and German at different ages. Using…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages), Syntax
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Janke, Vikki – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
The reference of understood subjects (ecs) in complement control (John persuaded Peter[subscript i] ec[subscript i] to read the book) and temporal adjunct control (John[subscript i] tapped Peter while ec[subscript i] reading the book) has long been described as restricted to the object and subject of the main clause respectively. These…
Descriptors: Grammar, Pictorial Stimuli, Comprehension, Children
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Özçelik, Öner – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
According to the Interface Hypothesis (IH) (e.g., Tsimpli & Sorace 2006; Sorace 2011), external interfaces are more challenging for L2 learners than internal interfaces. It is not clear, however, if linguistic phenomena associated with external interfaces are necessarily problematic and if internal interfaces are necessarily unproblematic. In…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Second Language Learning, Turkish, Native Language
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Geçkin, Vasfiye; Thornton, Rosalind; Crain, Stephen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the interpretation of disjunction words (English or) in negative sentences by Turkish- and German-speaking children. Both children and adults were asked to judge Turkish/German sentences corresponding to the English sentence "This animal did not eat the carrot or the pepper." Children acquiring both languages…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Turkish, Language Acquisition, German
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Dimroth, Christine; Schimke, Sarah; Turco, Giuseppina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
We examine whether German children attach an adultlike relevance to the pragmatic category of polarity contrast (e.g., "In my picture the child IS eating the candies" following after "In my picture the child is not eating the candies") with linguistic expressions (i.e., the affirmative particles…
Descriptors: German, Form Classes (Languages), Language Acquisition, Children
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Aravind, Athulya; Hackl, Martin; Wexler, Ken – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
We present a series of experiments investigating English-speaking children's comprehension of "it"-clefts and "wh"-pseudoclefts. Previous developmental work has found children to have asymmetric difficulties interpreting object clefts. We show that these difficulties disappear when clefts are presented in felicitous contexts,…
Descriptors: Syntax, Pragmatics, English, Language Acquisition
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Brentari, Diane; Coppola, Marie; Cho, Pyeong Whan; Senghas, Ann – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
In this article two dimensions of handshape complexity are analyzed as potential building blocks of phonological contrast-joint complexity and finger group complexity. We ask whether sign language patterns are elaborations of those seen in the gestures produced by hearing people without speech (pantomime) or a more radical reorganization of them.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Difficulty Level, Phonology
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Cremers, Alexandre; Tieu, Lyn; Chemla, Emmanuel – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
Questions, just like plain declarative sentences, can give rise to multiple interpretations. As discussed by Spector & Egré (2015), among others, questions embedded under know are ambiguous between "weakly exhaustive" (WE), "intermediate exhaustive" (IE), and "strongly exhaustive" (SE) interpretations (for…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Ambiguity (Semantics), Comparative Analysis, Enrichment
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Rakhlin, Natalia; Kornilov, Sergey A.; Kornilova, Tatiana V.; Grigorenko, Elena L. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
We investigated relative clause (RC) comprehension in 44 Russian-speaking children with typical language (TD) and developmental language disorder (DLD) (M age = 10;67, SD = 2.84) and 22 adults. Flexible word order and morphological case in Russian allowed us to isolate factors that are obscured in English, helping us to identify sources of…
Descriptors: Russian, Children, Language Impairments, Comparative Analysis
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Tieu, Lyn; Lidz, Jeffrey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article presents a study of preschool-aged children's knowledge of the semantics of the negative polarity item (NPI) "any". NPIs like "any" differ in distribution from non-polarity-sensitive indefinites like "a": "Any" is restricted to downward-entailing linguistic environments (Fauconnier 1975, 1979;…
Descriptors: Semantics, Language Acquisition, Preschool Children, Comparative Analysis
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Morales-Reyes, Alexandra; Soler, Inmaculada Gómez – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
L2 learners' problems with English articles have been linked to learners' L1 and their access to universal semantic features (e.g., definiteness and specificity). Studies suggest that L2 adults rely on their L1 knowledge, while child L2 learners rely more on their access to semantic universals. The present study investigates whether child L2…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Semantics, Language Research, Form Classes (Languages)
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