General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 12:30 to 13:00

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

Authors: Fabrizio Arosio, Valentina Persici, Natale Stucchi

48 Italian-speaking children (4-6yrs) participated in a warning-imperative-task (WIT) a determiner-processing-task (DPT) and a clitic-processing-task (CPT). In the WIT, children listened to sequences of sounds including randomly distributed warning sounds alerting them to tap in synchrony with the following beat. In the DPT and in the CPT children were asked to identify the referent of singular masculine and feminine nouns introduced by a definite determiner and to identify the referent of third singular masculine and feminine clitics. Older children (>5;6) perform better than younger ones (<5;6) in all tasks; in the DPT and in the CPT, faster RTs in a condition in which the noun phonologically agreed with the determiner or with the clitic suggest that children follow a procedural agreement strategy in anticipating the noun referent; RTs in the DPT correlate with tapping accuracy. Data suggest that the maturation of principles of rhythmic organization impacts on language acquisition.

Further information:

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

12:00 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

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