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Miller, Karen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2013
Two recent proposals link the use of nonagreeing "don't" to the Root Infinitive (RI) Stage. Guasti & Rizzi (2002) argue for a misset parameter involving how agreement is spelled out. Schütze (2010) proposes that Infl is underspecified in child language and that "do" surfaces to support the contracted clitic/affix…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Linguistic Input, Linguistic Theory, Child Language
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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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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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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
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Gruter, Theres; Lieberman, Moti; Gualmini, Andrea – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2010
While L1 transfer and L2 learnability have been studied extensively in the domain of syntax and the syntax/semantics interface, purely semantic phenomena have received little attention in the L2 literature. This paper presents two experiments examining the relative scope assigned to disjunction and negation by English-speaking learners of Japanese…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Semantics, Syntax, Japanese
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Gavarro, Anna; Torrens, Vicenc; Wexler, Ken – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2010
The literature generally assumes that object clitic omission is equally allowed in all child languages. In this paper we challenge this claim by means of an elicitation experiment carried out with children acquiring two closely related languages, Catalan and Spanish. Our results show that while omission is high in young Catalan-speaking children,…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Grammar, Spanish, Child Language
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Schutze, Carson T. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2010
This paper examines two issues concerning nonagreeing "don't" in child English, e.g., "He don't fit". (1) Do children know that "don't" consists of auxiliary "do" plus sentential negation, or do they misanalyze it simply as negation? I argue that the former claim yields both empirical (distributional) and conceptual advantages, while the latter…
Descriptors: Syntax, Language Acquisition, Morphemes, Child Language
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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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Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
First written in 1986, prior to the many findings concerning the optionality of finiteness and the root infinitive phenomenon, this article attempts to extend the parameter-setting model of grammatical development to the acquisition of inflectional morphology. I propose that the Stem Parameter, which states that a stem is/is not a well-formed word…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Grammar, Language Acquisition, Morphology (Languages)
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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
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Grinstead, John; Cantu-Sanchez, Myriam; Flores-Avalos, Blanca – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2008
In this study, we investigate whether specific language impairment (SLI) manifests itself grammatically in the same way in Spanish and English with respect to nominal plural marking. English-speaking children with SLI are very proficient at marking plural on nouns. Spanish has two main nominal plural allomorphs: /s/ and /es/. The /es/ allomorph…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Speech Communication, Nouns, Morphemes
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