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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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Miller, Karen L.; Schmitt, Cristina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2012
The present article examines the effect of variable input on the acquisition of plural morphology in two varieties of Spanish: Chilean Spanish, where the plural marker is sometimes omitted due to a phonological process of syllable final /s/ lenition, and Mexican Spanish (of Mexico City), with no such lenition process. The goal of the study is to…
Descriptors: Nouns, Morphology (Languages), Foreign Countries, Spanish Speaking
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Kline, Melissa; Demuth, Katherine – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2010
Researchers have long debated the mechanisms underlying the learning of syntactic structure. Of significant interest has been the fact that passive constructions appear to be learned earlier in Sesotho than English. This paper provides a comprehensive, quantitative analysis of the passive input Sesotho-speaking children hear, how it differs from…
Descriptors: Syntax, Morphemes, Learning Processes, African Languages
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Lillo-Martin, Diane; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
This article presents the authors' comments on Nina Hyams' article, "The Acquisition of Inflection: A Parameter Setting Approach" (AIPSA). The article began as a 1986 presentation at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD). Parts of it were also presented at the 4th Eastern States Conference on Linguistics (ESCOL) in 1987…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Verbs, Morphemes, Children
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Unsworth, Sharon; Gualmini, Andrea; Helder, Christina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
Previous research suggests that children's behavior with respect to the interpretation of indefinite objects in negative sentences may differ depending on the target language: whereas young English-speaking children tend to select a surface scope interpretation (e.g., Musolino (1998)), young Dutch-speaking children consistently prefer an inverse…
Descriptors: Sentences, Speech Communication, Grammar, Indo European Languages