General programme, activity sheet

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

Oral presentation

Distinct Developmental Patterns for Anaphoric vs Logophoric Ziji

Speaker: Yi-ching Su, National Tsing Hua University

Authors: Yi-ching Su

This study reports findings from three experiments investigating the patterns of interpretations for reflexive ziji from Mandarin-speaking preschool children (4-7 year-old), school-age children (8-10 year-old) and adults, using a truth value judgment task. The major findings are: (i) The results support Reinhart & Reuland’s (1993) theory that an anaphor is syntactically bound if its antecedent is the co-argument of the predicate. (ii) Although preschool children showed non-adult-like interpretation for subject orientation, school-age 8-10 years old children have reached adult-like pattern, consistent with the prediction of the parameter setting anaphoric binding accounts. (iii) Preschool children had apparent difficulty interpreting sentences with logophoric ziji, and although 8-10 years old school-age children performed better, their accuracy was still significantly lower than the adults’, consistent with the prediction for the acquisition of logophoric binding.

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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

12:30 h. to 13:00 h.

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

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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