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Rispoli, Matthew – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article investigates the relationship between third person singular present tense agreement morphemes, copula "is" and verb-"s", at 2;00 and 2;03. Language samples from 60 children at 2;00 were analyzed for the productivity of copula "is" as measured by the number of different morphemes preceding "is"…
Descriptors: Grammar, Verbs, Young Children, Vocabulary
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Thornton, Rosalind; Rombough, Kelly – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2015
To test between two recent accounts of the early stages in the acquisition of negation, we conducted an elicited production study with 25 children, between 2;05 and 3;04 (mean 2;11). The experimental study produced a robust set of negative sentences, with considerable individual variation. Although 13 of the child participants mainly produced…
Descriptors: Syntax, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Toddlers
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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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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