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Getz, Heidi R. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The "wanna" facts are a classic Poverty of Stimulus (PoS) problem: "Wanna" is grammatical in certain contexts ("Who do you want PRO to play with?") but not others ("Who do you want who[strikethrough] to play with you?"). On a standard analysis, "contraction" to "wanna" is blocked by some…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Universals, Grammar, Language Usage
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Palasis, Katerina; Faure, Richard; Lavigne, Frédéric – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The two possible positions for "wh"-words (i.e., in situ or preposed) represent a long-standing area of research in French. The present study reports on statistical analyses of a new seminaturalistic corpus of child L1 French. The distribution of the "wh"-words is examined in relation to a new verb tripartition: Free…
Descriptors: French, Child Language, Native Language, Computational Linguistics
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Legendre, Geraldine; Gorashi, Yara; Krasnik, Sarah; Koulaguina, Elena – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
We reexamine the distribution of nonfinite root forms (NRFs) in Child French on the basis of two novel spontaneous speech corpora focusing on two issues that have increasingly dominated recent analyses of French on the one hand and NRFs/RIs on the other. First, we argue that the level of NRF production peaking at ~24% is in line with the…
Descriptors: French, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Speech
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Lungu, Oana – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Sentences involving definite DPs can give rise to a "simultaneous" reading where the property expressed by the DP holds at the time introduced by the verb's tense or an "indexical" reading where the property expressed by the DP holds at the utterance time. This article discusses an experiment showing that children prefer…
Descriptors: Portuguese, Child Language, Form Classes (Languages), Verbs
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Joo, Kum-Jeong; Yoo, Isaiah WonHo – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Children's development of the functional category of articles can be explained in two ways. One approach assumes that children are equipped with innate knowledge of the category, while the other assumes that children's early articles are limited-scope formulae. Using Eisenbeiss's (2000) criteria for determining the status of DPs, developed for a…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), English, Databases, German
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Armstrong, Meghan E. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
It is well known that mental state verbs are difficult to acquire, but little is known about the acquisition of mental state language encoded through intonation. Puerto Rican Spanish (PRS) has at least three intonation contours available for marking polar questions (PQs): ¡H*L% marks an utterance as a PQ; H+L*L%, in addition to doing the former,…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Development, Intonation, Speech
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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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Pearl, Lisa – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
Generative approaches to language have long recognized the natural link between theories of knowledge representation and theories of knowledge acquisition. The basic idea is that the knowledge representations provided by Universal Grammar enable children to acquire language as reliably as they do because these representations highlight the…
Descriptors: Generative Grammar, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory, Computational Linguistics
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Fodor, Janet Dean – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
An evaluation measure (EM) guides a learner's choice of grammar when more than one is compatible with available input. EM must be universal, so children receiving comparable input acquire comparable grammars. It must favor the choices children actually make. The theoretical shift from rule-based grammars to principles-and-parameter-based grammars…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Grammar
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Yang, Charles – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
I review the classic literature in generative grammar and Marr's three-level program for cognitive science to defend the Evaluation Metric as a psychological theory of language learning. Focusing on well-established facts of language variation, change, and use, I argue that optimal statistical principles embodied in Bayesian inference models are…
Descriptors: Language Research, Generative Grammar, Language Acquisition, Cognitive Science
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Pozzan, Lucia; Valian, Virginia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
We compare the predictions of two different accounts of first language acquisition by investigating the relative contributions of abstract syntax and input frequency to the elicited production of main and embedded questions by 36 monolingual English-speaking toddlers aged 3;00 to 5;11. In particular, we investigate whether children's accuracy…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Comparative Analysis
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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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Jarosz, Gaja; Calamaro, Shira; Zentz, Jason – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
This article examines phonological development and its relationship to input statistics. Using novel data from a longitudinal corpus of spontaneous child speech in Polish, we evaluate and compare the predictions of a variety of input-based phonotactic models for syllable structure acquisition. We find that many commonly examined input statistics…
Descriptors: Polish, Syllables, Phonological Awareness, Longitudinal Studies
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Pearl, Lisa; Ho, Timothy; Detrano, Zephyr – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
It has long been recognized that there is a natural dependence between theories of knowledge representation and theories of knowledge acquisition, with the idea that the right knowledge representation enables acquisition to happen as reliably as it does. Given this, a reasonable criterion for a theory of knowledge representation is that it be…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory, Grammar, Qualitative Research
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Foushee, Ruthe; Falkou, Naoual; Li, Peggy – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
Inspired by Syrett (2013), three experiments explored children's ability to distinguish "attributives" (e.g., "three-pound strawberries," where MPs as adjectives signal reference to attributes) versus "pseudopartitives" (e.g., "three pounds of strawberries," where MPs combine with "of" to signal…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Syntax, Semantics, Cognitive Mapping
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