General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 16:30 to 17:00

Oral presentation

Acquisition of Clausal Comparatives by Parameter Setting

Speaker: Ryosuke Hattori, University of Connecticut

Authors: Ryosuke Hattori

This paper explains a cross-linguistic variation that some languages allow quantity-clausal comparatives (QCC) but not degree-clausal comparatives (DCC), in terms of the Subset Principle (Manzini and Wexler 1987), by proposing a parameter where less marked value is [-DCC] and more marked value is [+DCC]. A prediction that comprehension performance of individual English (which allows both QCC and DCC) learning children should be higher (or equal to) for the QCC than DCC was confirmed to be true (p = .0173 by Wilcoxon signed-rank) by conducting experiments using the truth value judgment task (TVJT) on 15 English-learning children (3;3-5;10, mean age 4;5).

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L1 acquisition - Session II

Other activities in L1 acquisition - Session II

15:00 h. to 15:30 h.

Oral presentation

The acquisition of 'bridging' tested in a coloring task

Speaker: Jasmijn Bosch, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Speaker: Manuela Pinto, Universiteit Utrecht
Speaker: Shalom Zuckerman, Universiteit Utrecht

15:30 h. to 16:00 h.

Oral presentation

A Corpus Study of the Distribution of Possessives in Child and Adult Emirati Arabic

Speaker: Dimitrios Ntelitheos, United Arab Emirates University

16:00 h. to 16:30 h.

Oral presentation

Japanese 2-year-olds' Use of Multiple Cues in Verb Acquisition

Speaker: Ayumi Matsuo, Kobe College