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Johnson, Adrienne; Minai, Utako – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
The current study examined preschool children's ability to evaluate the entailment patterns yielded by sentences containing two downward entailing (DE) operators, "every" and "no." When "no" precedes "every," the entailment pattern typically licensed by "every" changes, but only if "no"…
Descriptors: Semantics, Language Acquisition, Child Language, Sentence Structure
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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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Jaensch, Carol; Heyer, Vera; Gordon, Peter; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
Morphological systems are constrained in how they interact with each other. One case that has been widely studied in the psycholinguistic literature is the avoidance of plurals inside compounds (e.g. *"rats eater" vs. "rat eater") in English and other languages, the so-called "plurals-in-compounds effect." Several…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Morphology (Languages), Psycholinguistics, Semantics