General programme, activity sheet

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

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

Authors: Ana Paula da Silva Passos Jakubów and Letícia M. Sicuro Corrêa

This study investigates grammar identification based on variable input of the morphological expression of number agreement in Brazilian Portuguese (BP). It combines a model of procedural acquisition and a lexical, feature-based approach. Adult speech is variable in plural agreement in BP: it can be marked in all elements (standard variant) or only in D (non-standard variant). Optionality in number marking is, then, expected in the production of children acquiring BP. An elicited production experiment with 20 children from a private school (mean age 5;7) and 16 children from a public school (mean age 5;9) revealed that the first group produced mostly standard forms of DP and there was competition between variants in the second group. It is proposed that the underspecification of features of the functional category Num regarding the morphological expression of agreement at the interfaces leads to optionality in sentence production.

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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

12:00 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