Thursday 7 September, 2017 12:30 to 13:00
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)
L1 acquisition - Session I
12:00 h. to 12:30 h.
Oral presentationTopic-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 presentationDistinct Developmental Patterns for Anaphoric vs Logophoric Ziji
Speaker: Yi-ching Su, National Tsing Hua University
11:30 h. to 12:00 h.
Oral presentationAnimacy does not affect the production of relative clauses: evidence from French
Speaker: Karen Martini, Université de Genève