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Dracos, Melisa; Requena, Pablo; Miller, Karen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Previous research indicates that the development of mood selection in Spanish spans several years and ends in the mastery of mood selection with sentential complements to express complex semantic meanings. The present study investigates this underexplored late stage by examining how Spanish-speaking children acquire adultlike mood selection in…
Descriptors: Spanish, Language Acquisition, Verbs, Semantics
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Rastelli, Stefano – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The Discontinuity Model (DM) described in this article proposes that adults can learn part of L2 morphosyntax twice, in two different ways. The same item can be learned as the product of generation by a rule or as a modification of a template already stored in memory. These learning modalities, which are often seen as opposed in language theory,…
Descriptors: Adults, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory
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Belletti, Adriana; Manetti, Claudia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Through two elicited production experiments we investigated how preschool Italian-speaking children access the left periphery of the clause with respect to topics in Clitic Left Dislocation (ClLD) structures. Since the discourse conditions of the experiments are felicitous for the production of passives as well, we also investigated children's…
Descriptors: Italian, Preschool Children, Phrase Structure, Discourse Analysis
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Garcia, Rowena; Roeser, Jens; Höhle, Barbara – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
It is a common finding across languages that young children have problems in understanding patient-initial sentences. We used Tagalog, a verb-initial language with a reliable voice-marking system and highly frequent patient voice constructions, to test the predictions of several accounts that have been proposed to explain this difficulty: the…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Tagalog, Cues, Morphology (Languages)
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Jesus, Alice; Marques, Rui; Santos, Ana Lúcia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This article focuses on the acquisition of mood in early complement clauses of European Portuguese (EP). Two semantic features are involved in the EP mood system--epistemicity and veridicality. An elicited production task administered to 80 children aged 4 to 9 showed that, even though children use the subjunctive in [-- epistemic] contexts, the…
Descriptors: Semantics, Portuguese, Verbs, Preschool Children
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Mitrofanova, Natalia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
The article focuses on the omission of locative prepositions in child Russian. We report on two experiments: a production task and a comprehension task. Results from the elicited production task show that the majority of 2- and a minority of 3-year-olds (i) omit locative prepositions at nonnegligible rates, and (ii) do not conform to targetlike…
Descriptors: Russian, Phrase Structure, Task Analysis, Infants
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Albirini, Abdulkafi – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study examined two common accounts of heritage speakers' nonnative attainment in their heritage/first language (L1), one attributing it to the influence of the second language (L2) and another to insufficient L1 input. Three groups of children who were heritage speakers of Arabic and who varied in their age of L2 exposure and type and amount…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Heritage Education, Native Language Instruction, Language Acquisition
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Pozzan, Lucia; Valian, Virginia – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
We compare the predictions of two different accounts of first language acquisition by investigating the relative contributions of abstract syntax and input frequency to the elicited production of main and embedded questions by 36 monolingual English-speaking toddlers aged 3;00 to 5;11. In particular, we investigate whether children's accuracy…
Descriptors: Child Language, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Comparative Analysis
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Xu, Ting; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
When "again" modifies an English goal-PP construction, the sentence is ambiguous between a repetitive and a restitutive reading. Interestingly, languages vary in whether their counterpart to English "again" permits a restitutive reading with goal-PP constructions (Beck 2005; Beck & Snyder 2001). This article explores how…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, English, Syntax, Ambiguity (Semantics)
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Foushee, Ruthe; Falkou, Naoual; Li, Peggy – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2017
Inspired by Syrett (2013), three experiments explored children's ability to distinguish "attributives" (e.g., "three-pound strawberries," where MPs as adjectives signal reference to attributes) versus "pseudopartitives" (e.g., "three pounds of strawberries," where MPs combine with "of" to signal…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Syntax, Semantics, Cognitive Mapping
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De Lisser, Tamirand Nnena; Durrleman, Stephanie; Rizzi, Luigi; Shlonsky, Ur – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article provides the first systematic analysis of early subject omission in a creole language. Basing our analysis on a longitudinal corpus of natural production of Jamaican Creole (JC), we observe that early subject drop is robustly attested for several months. Early subject omission is basically confined to the clause initial position,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Creoles, Language Acquisition, Sentences
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Choe, Jinsun; Deen, Kamil – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article explores English-speaking children's acquisition of raising structures with an experiencer (e.g.," John seems to Mary to be happy"). We review and address previously unnoticed issues in the methodologies of existing studies testing the acquisition of raising, thus providing a more reliable picture of children's abilities…
Descriptors: English, Language Acquisition, Form Classes (Languages), Difficulty Level
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Gagliardi, Annie; Mease, Tara M.; Lidz, Jeffrey – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2016
This article investigates infant comprehension of filler-gap dependencies. Three experiments probe 15- and 20-month-olds' comprehension of two filler-gap dependencies: "wh"-questions and relative clauses. Experiment 1 shows that both age groups appear to comprehend "wh"-questions. Experiment 2 shows that only the younger…
Descriptors: Infants, Language Acquisition, Phrase Structure, Language Processing
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Kim, Eunah; Baek, Soondo; Tremblay, Annie – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2015
This study investigates whether adult second language learners' online processing of "wh"-dependencies is constrained by island constraints on movement. Proficiency-matched Spanish and Korean learners of English completed a grammaticality judgment task and a stop-making-sense task designed to examine their knowledge of the relative…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Processing, Sentences, Language Proficiency
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Arunachalam, Sudha; Waxman, Sandra R. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2015
It is by now well established that toddlers use the linguistic context in which a new word--and particularly a new verb--appears to discover aspects of its meaning. But what aspects of the linguistic context are most useful? To begin to investigate this, we ask how 2-year-olds use two sources of linguistic information that are known to be useful…
Descriptors: Verbs, Language Acquisition, Syntax, Language Research
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