Thursday 7 September, 2017 16:00 to 16:30
Featural mismatches and the comprehension of relative clauses in French: Comparing gender and number
Speaker: Stephanie Durrleman, Université de Genève
Authors: Anamaria Bentea and Stephanie Durrleman
Mismatches in features selectively impact the comprehension of object relatives (ORs), depending on whether or not a feature functions as an attractor for movement in a given language. Two studies with typically-developing children investigated the effect that gender and number mismatches have on relative clause comprehension in French. We also examined whether the presence or absence of audible agreement in number on V impacts comprehension, as well as whether the facilitating effects stemming from a number mismatch arise both with a plural and with a singular relativized object. Results reveal that a number mismatch, but not a gender mismatch, modulates OR intervention effects in French, following from the featural intervention account, since number, but not gender, is an attractor for movement in French. A tendency towards better comprehension when mismatch marks number on the relativized object, rather than the intervener, is in line with findings from the processing literature.
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
15:30 h. to 16:00 h.
Oral presentationAiming high: children's knowledge of absolute and relative readings of superlatives
Speaker: Lyn Tieu, Macquarie University
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