General programme, activity sheet

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

Oral presentation

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.

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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

15:30 h. to 16:00 h.

Oral presentation

Aiming high: children's knowledge of absolute and relative readings of superlatives

Speaker: Lyn Tieu, Macquarie University

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