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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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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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Song, Jae Yung; Eckman, Fred – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
The purpose of this article is to report results of an investigation into the production of a covert contrast by native speakers of Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish in the acquisition of the English distinction between the high front vowels /i/ and /?/. A covert contrast is a statistically reliable acoustic distinction made by a language learner…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Vowels, Korean, Portuguese
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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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dos Santos, Christophe; Ferré, Sandrine – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Children with specific language impairment (SLI) are particularly sensitive to phonological complexity in their language. Their performance drops when there are specific phonological structures or when complexity increases. A nonword repetition (NWR) test, which aims to assess the phonology of bilingual speakers with and without SLI, should…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Bilingualism, French, Phonology
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Penke, Martina; Rothweiler, Monika – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
The study aims at identifying characteristic phenotypes for children with SLI and children with sensorineural hearing impairment (HI) in language and in domains associated with language. We focus on verbal agreement inflection and phonological short-term memory, phenomena that have been repeatedly found to be impaired in both groups of children. A…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Language Impairments, Hearing Impairments, German
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Fleckstein, Alice; Prévost, Philippe; Tuller, Laurice; Sizaret, Eva; Zebib, Rasha – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Identifying specific language impairment (SLI) in bilingual children represents a clinical challenge because of similarities in language behavior between child second language learners and monolinguals with SLI and because of the lack of standardized language tests on bilingual children. This study investigated the relevance of a LITMUS (Language…
Descriptors: Identification, Language Impairments, French, Bilingualism
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Castilla-Earls, Anny; Pérez-Leroux, Ana Teresa; Restrepo, Maria Adelaida; Gaile, Daniel; Chen, Ziqiang – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the use of the Spanish subjunctive in bilingual children with and without specific language impairments (SLI). Using an elicitation task, we examine: (i) the potential of the subjunctive as a grammatical marker of SLI in Spanish-English bilingual children, (ii) the extent to which degree of bilingualism affects performance,…
Descriptors: Spanish, Bilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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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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Valente, Daniela; Ferré, Pilar; Soares, Ana; Rato, Anabela; Comesaña, Montserrat – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Very few studies exist on the role of cross-language similarities in cognate word acquisition. Here we sought to explore, for the first time, the interplay of orthography (O) and phonology (P) during the early stages of cognate word acquisition, looking at children and adults with the same level of foreign language proficiency and by using two…
Descriptors: Phonology, Language Processing, Second Language Learning, Native Language
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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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Geçkin, Vasfiye; Thornton, Rosalind; Crain, Stephen – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This study investigates the interpretation of disjunction words (English or) in negative sentences by Turkish- and German-speaking children. Both children and adults were asked to judge Turkish/German sentences corresponding to the English sentence "This animal did not eat the carrot or the pepper." Children acquiring both languages…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Turkish, Language Acquisition, German
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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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