General programme, activity sheet

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

Oral presentation

Eliminating intervention in the production of Clitic Left Dislocations by Italian-speaking children and the role of different morphosyntactic features

Speaker: Adriana Belletti, University of Geneva - University of Siena
Speaker: Claudia Manetti, Università degli Studi di Siena

Authors: Adriana Belletti, Claudia Manetti

The study investigates the production of Clitic Left Dislocations (ClLD), with left dislocated object topics, from the perspective of featural Relativized Minimality (Friedmann, Belletti & Rizzi 2009). ClLD structures instantiate an intervention configuration when both DPs are lexical (DP1-DP2-cl-V), which is expected to be difficult for children. Our aim was to explore how children deal with the intervention configuration in the production of such left-peripheral object topic(s). Two elicited production experiments tested the use of overt left dislocated topic (e.g O-S-cl-V) in 4-6 year-old children, in two different featural contexts (number match vs. number mismatch of DPs). Results showed that children were more likely to produce ClLDs with a plural null subject (DP.obj-pro.plu-cl-V.plu) compared to ClLDs in which both DPs are lexically restricted (O-S-cl-V). We propose that the use of the plural null subject constitutes a way of avoiding the intervention configuration that the presence of a lexically-restricted subject unavoidably creates.

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L1 acquisition - Session I

Other activities in L1 acquisition - Session I

12:00 h. to 12:30 h.

Oral presentation

The Acquisition of Negated Disjunction: Evidence from Italian, French and Dutch

Speaker: Elena Pagliarini, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Speaker: Maria Teresa Guasti, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Speaker: Oana Lungu, Université de Nantes
Speaker: Angeliek van Hout, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

12:30 h. to 13:00 h.

Oral presentation

Predicting the future in rhythm and language: the relationship between anticipation abilities in Italian-speaking preschoolers

Speaker: Fabrizio Arosio, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
Speaker: Valentina Persici, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

13:00 h. to 13:30 h.

Oral presentation

Grammar identification based on variable input: On the production of number agreement by children acquiring Brazilian Portuguese

Speaker: Ana Paula da Silva Passos Jakubów, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
Speaker: Leticia Sicuro Correa, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro