Thursday 7 September, 2017 13:00 to 13:30
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.
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
12:30 h. to 13:00 h.
Oral presentationEarly 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 presentationAnimacy does not affect the production of relative clauses: evidence from French
Speaker: Karen Martini, Université de Genève