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Gotowski, Megan – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This article examines children's comprehension of the "get"-passive relative to the "be"-passive in an attempt to systematically compare the acquisition of both types of passives. It discusses the findings of two experiments (a picture-matching task and an act-out task) with children ages 36. Results from the picture-matching…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Pictorial Stimuli, Task Analysis
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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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Lemmerth, Natalia; Hopp, Holger – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
To investigate cross-linguistic lexical and syntactic influences in grammatical gender in early bilingualism, we tested 12 simultaneous, 12 early successive bilingual Russian-German children, and 15 monolingual German children aged 8-9 years. An elicited production task in German shows that all bilingual children assign target gender to nouns,…
Descriptors: German, Bilingualism, Syntax, Russian
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Hoot, Bradley – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Bilinguals have been shown to differ from monolinguals especially in the realization and interpretation of phenomena that operate at the syntax/discourse interface. Hungarian has a well-known interface structure--identificational focus--which has been widely studied in the theoretical literature but never with bilinguals. The present article fills…
Descriptors: Hungarian, Native Language, Bilingualism, Syntax
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Dube, Sithembinkosi; Kung, Carmen; Brock, Jon; Demuth, Katherine – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
Recent ERP research with adults has shown that the online processing of subject-verb (S-V) agreement violations is mediated by the relative perceptual salience of the violation (Dube et al. 2016). These findings corroborate infant perception research, which has also shown that perceptual salience influences infants' sensitivity to grammatical…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Language Acquisition, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Grammar
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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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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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Bosch, Sina; Veríssimo, João; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
This study addresses the question of how age of acquisition (AoA) affects grammatical processing, specifically with respect to inflectional morphology, in bilinguals. We examined experimental data of more than 100 participants from the Russian/German community in Berlin, all of whom acquired Russian from birth and German at different ages. Using…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages), Syntax
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Legendre, Geraldine; Gorashi, Yara; Krasnik, Sarah; Koulaguina, Elena – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
We reexamine the distribution of nonfinite root forms (NRFs) in Child French on the basis of two novel spontaneous speech corpora focusing on two issues that have increasingly dominated recent analyses of French on the one hand and NRFs/RIs on the other. First, we argue that the level of NRF production peaking at ~24% is in line with the…
Descriptors: French, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Speech
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Torrens, Vicenç; Yagüe, Esther – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This article studies three measures of phonological working memory as tools to identify SLI children: word repetition, nonce word repetition, and digit memory. We propose that a deficit in the phonological loop causes a delay in the acquisition of lexicon, morphosyntax, and discourse. In this research we try to find out whether the scores in these…
Descriptors: Language Impairments, Speech Impairments, Short Term Memory, Phonology
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Özçelik, Öner – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
According to the Interface Hypothesis (IH) (e.g., Tsimpli & Sorace 2006; Sorace 2011), external interfaces are more challenging for L2 learners than internal interfaces. It is not clear, however, if linguistic phenomena associated with external interfaces are necessarily problematic and if internal interfaces are necessarily unproblematic. In…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Second Language Learning, Turkish, Native Language
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Lin, Jing; Weerman, Fred; Zeijlstra, Hedde – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This article aims to investigate how Dutch children may eventually converge on a targetlike distribution of "hoeven" 'need,' a modal verbal NPI (Negative Polarity Item), based on its appearance in the scope of merely some but not all of its possible licensers in the language input (i.e., the induction problem). Imitation performance was…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Indo European Languages, Verbs, Task Analysis
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Joo, Kum-Jeong; Yoo, Isaiah WonHo – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Children's development of the functional category of articles can be explained in two ways. One approach assumes that children are equipped with innate knowledge of the category, while the other assumes that children's early articles are limited-scope formulae. Using Eisenbeiss's (2000) criteria for determining the status of DPs, developed for a…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), English, Databases, German
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Aravind, Athulya; Hackl, Martin; Wexler, Ken – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
We present a series of experiments investigating English-speaking children's comprehension of "it"-clefts and "wh"-pseudoclefts. Previous developmental work has found children to have asymmetric difficulties interpreting object clefts. We show that these difficulties disappear when clefts are presented in felicitous contexts,…
Descriptors: Syntax, Pragmatics, English, Language Acquisition
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Veríssimo, João; Heyer, Vera; Jacob, Gunnar; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Is there an ideal time window for language acquisition after which nativelike representation and processing are unattainable? Although this question has been heavily debated, no consensus has been reached. Here, we present evidence for a sensitive period in language development and show that it is specific to grammar. We conducted a masked priming…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Age Differences, Grammar, Bilingualism
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