General programme, activity sheet

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

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

Authors: Elena Pagliarini, Oana Lungu, Angeliek van Hout, Stephen Crain, Maria Teresa Guasti

We investigated the interpretation of sentences with negated disjunction of the form “NOT A or B” in Italian, French, and Dutch learners. In English, these sentences generate a “conjunctive entailment” (they are true when both A and B are false) whereas in Japanese they don’t. The circumstances in which these sentences are true in English constitute a subset of the circumstances in which these sentences are true in Japanese. Our findings with Italian, French and Dutch children corroborate previous studies with English and Japanese children (see Goro 2004), showing that all children start with a “conjunctive” interpretation, in compliance with the Semantic Subset Principle (Crain 2012). Moreover, our study shows that Italian and French children converge to the adult setting earlier than their Japanese peers. We argue that this is related to the presence of negative concord in Italian and French.

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L1 acquisition - Session I

Other activities in L1 acquisition - Session I

11:30 h. to 12:00 h.

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

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