General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 12:30 to 13:00

Oral presentation

Early acquisition of the focus expression sika-nai ‘nothing but’ in Japanese: Absence of sentential-scope interpretations and non-association of sika with topic phrases

Speaker: Kyoko Yamakoshi, Ochanomizu University

Authors: Kyoko Yamakoshi and Mika Konoki

This paper reports the results of our experiment showing children’s early acquisition of the position of the focus expression sika-nai ‘nothing but/only’ in Japanese. It is proposed that sika-nai is in NegP at LF (Tanaka 1997). If Japanese children have the knowledge that sika-nai is in NegP early, we have predicted that children do not extend its focus domain to TP or CP higher than NegP. We first examined whether children extended the focus domain of sika-nai over TP and gave sentential-scope interpretations. Furthermore, we examined whether children extended the domain of sika-nai over CP and associate sika with topic phrases. Our results have shown that children do not extend the focus domain of sika to TP and CP and that they do not associate sika with the whole sentence or the topic phrase. Therefore, we conclude that Japanese children have the knowledge that sika-nai is in NegP early. (149 words)

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L1 acquisition - Session I

Other activities in L1 acquisition - Session I

12:00 h. to 12:30 h.

Oral presentation

Topic-first or Subject-first? A study on children’s interpretation of Corrective Focus in the Italian Left-Periphery.

Speaker: Camilla Covazzi, Università degli Studi di Padova

13:00 h. to 13:30 h.

Oral presentation

Distinct Developmental Patterns for Anaphoric vs Logophoric Ziji

Speaker: Yi-ching Su, National Tsing Hua University

11:30 h. to 12:00 h.

Oral presentation

Animacy does not affect the production of relative clauses: evidence from French

Speaker: Karen Martini, Université de Genève


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