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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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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
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Yang, Suying – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2014
Through examining all instances of the nontarget "be" before verbs in the written interlanguage of Chinese learners at different proficiency levels, the present study reveals that nontarget "be" performs different functions, and there is a function shift from low to high proficiency levels. At the lowest levels, "be"…
Descriptors: Written Language, Interlanguage, Semantics, Syntax
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Pirvulescu, Mihaela; Hill, Virginia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2012
In French, the acquisition of object clitics seems delayed, and omissions are documented. In this article, we look at the experimental paradigm traditionally used to elicit object clitics and propose a new elicitation procedure that is closer to how clitics are produced in spontaneous production. We show that under the proposed new experiment, the…
Descriptors: French, Language Acquisition, Child Language, Task Analysis
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Tessier, Anne-Michelle – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2012
This article provides experimental evidence for the claim in Hayes (2004) and McCarthy (1998) that language learners are biased to assume that morphological paradigms should be phonologically-uniform--that is, that derived words should retain all the phonological properties of their bases. The evidence comes from an artificial language…
Descriptors: Test Items, Phonemes, Phonology, Artificial Languages
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Ionin, Tania; Montrul, Silvina; Kim, Ji-Hye; Philippov, Vadim – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2011
English uses three types of generic NPs: bare plurals ("Lions are dangerous"), definite singulars ("The lion is dangerous"), and indefinite singulars ("A lion is dangerous"). These three NP types are not interchangeable: definite singulars and bare plurals can have generic reference at the NP-level, while indefinite singulars are compatible only…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Second Language Learning, Nouns, Phrase Structure
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Ettlinger, Marc; Zapf, Jennifer – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2011
The correct use of an affix, such as the English plural suffix, may reflect mastery of a morphological process, but it may also depend on children's syntactic, semantic, and phonological abilities. The present article reports a set of experiments in support of this latter view, specifically focusing on the importance of the phonological make-up of…
Descriptors: Role, Phonology, Semantics, Nouns
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Gabriele, Alison; McClure, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2011
The study investigates whether advanced second language (L2) learners can extend beyond the grammatical properties of the first language (L1) to successfully acquire tense and aspect. We examine the acquisition of the semantics of the imperfective marker "te-iru" in Japanese by native speakers of Mandarin Chinese, a language that…
Descriptors: Semantics, Mandarin Chinese, Native Speakers, Japanese