General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 11:30 to 12:00

Oral presentation

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

Speaker: Karen Martini, Université de Genève

Authors: Karen Martini

A robust finding from acquisition, adult processing and pathological populations is that object relatives are more difficult to compute than subject relatives. The featural Relativized Minimality approach (Rizzi 1990, 2004, Starke, 2001, Friedmann et al. 2009) ascribes this asymmetry to a grammatical constraint bearing on intervention configurations. Headed object relatives with a preverbal lexical subject involve an inclusion configuration between the feature specification of the target and the intervener, which is particularly difficult to process. A manipulation of the features (relevant for fRM) of target and intervener, such as modulating the inclusion configuration, facilitates the computation of the structure. We present new results from an elicited production study carried out with 54 French-speaking children aged 4;7-9;2, showing that the animacy feature does not affect the production of object relative clauses in terms of fRM.

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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

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