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Sugisaki, Koji; Snyder, William – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2006
In this squib we examine the time course of children's acquisition of English to evaluate the basic insights of Kayne's (1981; 1984) proposals on preposition stranding. Kayne argued that the availability of preposition stranding (P-stranding) in English is parametrically linked to the availability of double object datives and the prepositional…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Language Acquisition, Child Language, Language Patterns
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Hendriks, Petra; Spenader, Jennifer – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2006
Data from child language comprehension show that children make errors in interpreting pronouns as late as age 6;6 yet correctly comprehend reflexives from the age of 3;0. On the other hand, data from child language production show that children correctly produce both pronouns and reflexives from the age of 2 or 3. Current explanations of this…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Child Language, Form Classes (Languages), Interpretive Skills
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McDaniel, Dana; Lech, Dorota – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In this study, we focused on the formulation of relative clauses with preposition and genitive pied-piping. Thirty child (5;9 to 8;4) and 30 adult Polish speakers were given an elicited production task and a grammaticality judgment task. Almost all of the children accepted preposition pied-piping, but only half of them produced it. We suggest that…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Language Processing, Children, Adults
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Hiramatsu, Kazuko – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In a series of production and grammaticality judgment experiments, I investigated the status of children's non-adult questions with 2 auxiliary verbs, such as "What did the smurf didn't buy." Previous studies showed that these questions were produced primarily in negative contexts. In the first part of the study, I tested whether children produce…
Descriptors: Verbs, Grammar, Preschool Children, Language Processing
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Felser, Claudia; Marinis, Theodore; Clahsen, Harald – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In this study, we investigate children's and adults' relative clause attachment preferences in sentences such as "The student photographed the fan of the actress who was looking happy." Twenty-nine 6- to 7-year-old monolingual English children and 37 adult native speakers of English participated both in an auditory questionnaire study and in an…
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Sentences, Nouns, Native Speakers
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Slabakova, Roumyana; Montrul, Silvina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
In this experimental study, we focus on the following semantic universal: if a habitual clause reading, then generic pronominal subject; if an episodic clause reading, then specific pronominal subject. We argue that although this set of two conditionals is a universal property of all natural languages, English-speaking second-language (L2)…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Semantics, Sentences, Spanish
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Geurts, Bart – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
It has been known for several decades that young children have difficulties with universal sentences. In this article, I present an analysis of the main errors that have been reported in the literature. My proposal is based on an old idea, namely, that children's errors are caused by a noncanonical mapping from syntactic form to semantic…
Descriptors: Semantics, Sentences, Context Effect, Language Universals
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Baauw, Sergio; Cuetos, Fernando – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2003
It is well known that English and Dutch children often allow pronouns to refer to local ccommanding antecedents, the so-called Principle B Delay. A similar observation has been made for English agrammatics. This phenomenon, which we call the Pronoun Interpretation Problem (PIP), has been argued to be due to children's and agrammatics' difficulties…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Spanish, Pragmatics, Language Acquisition
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Avrutin, Sergey; Wexler, Kenneth – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 1992
Presents evidence for a theory that children learning Russian at a certain age know a syntactic principle that governs the distribution of pronouns, but that they do not know a pragmatic or semantic principle that restricts the situations in which noun phrases may be contraindexed. (Contains 48 references.) (JP)
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Universals, Language Usage
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Bailyn, John F. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 1992
Presents head-movement account for long-distance (L-D) reflexivization effects in adult Russian. Two experiments with a total of 65 Russian-speaking children (aged 4;0 to 9;0) show that Russian children accept L-D readings out of subjunctive clauses introduced by the complementizer "chtoby" where such readings are out for adults, though…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theory, Morphology (Languages), Russian
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McDaniel, Dana; Maxfield, Thomas L. – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 1992
Data from 37 children (aged 3;1 to 6;10) and 15 adult controls support idea that poor performance on Principle B of Binding Theory is result of exposure to sentences like "I chose me" and insensitivity to contrastive stress (CS). There was a high correlation between performance on Principle B and sensitivity to CS. The Contrastive Stress…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Universals, Linguistic Theory
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Sigurjonsdottir, Sigriour; Hyams, Nina – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 1992
Studied interpretation of local anaphor "sjalfan sig," the long-distance anaphor "sig," and pronouns in 55 Icelandic-speaking children and 10 adult controls. Results support an approach to binding that distinguishes the syntactic use of sig from its logophoric use and treats sig as a pronominal both in its internal structure…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Universals, Linguistic Theory
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