Thursday 7 September, 2017 15:30 to 16:00
Aiming high: children's knowledge of absolute and relative readings of superlatives
Speaker: Lyn Tieu, Macquarie University
Authors: Lyn TIEU, Zheng SHEN
Sentences containing superlative expressions like "the tallest tree" are ambiguous between an absolute reading and a relative reading. Corpus studies reveal that children's and their caregivers' production of superlatives involve the absolute interpretation. Previous experimental studies suggest children have difficulty accessing the relative reading. We present novel experimental evidence that despite the lack of evidence for a relative reading in their input, children as young as 3 access the relative reading, once the relevant comparison set is made sufficiently salient.
L1 acquisition - Session II
15:00 h. to 15:30 h.
Oral presentationQuerer ‘want’ and dizer ‘tell to’ in EP: obviation and control
Speaker: Filomena Gamas, Universidade de Lisboa
Speaker: Ana Lúcia Santos, Universidade de Lisboa
16:00 h. to 16:30 h.
Oral presentationFeatural mismatches and the comprehension of relative clauses in French: Comparing gender and number
Speaker: Stephanie Durrleman, Université de Genève
16:30 h. to 17:00 h.
Oral presentationChildren’s interpretation of epistemic modals in Dutch: a look at hoeven
Speaker: Vincenzo Moscati, Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Luisa Meroni, Universiteit Utrecht