General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 15:30 to 16:00

Oral presentation

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.

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L1 acquisition - Session II


Other activities in L1 acquisition - Session II

15:00 h. to 15:30 h.

Oral presentation

Querer ‘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 presentation

Featural 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 presentation

Children’s interpretation of epistemic modals in Dutch: a look at hoeven

Speaker: Vincenzo Moscati, Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Luisa Meroni, Universiteit Utrecht