General programme, activity sheet

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

Oral presentation

Syntactic Locality and Intervention in the Acquisition of Greek Relative Clauses

Speaker: Nikos  Angelopoulos, University of California Los Angeles
Speaker: Arhonto Terzi, Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece

Authors: Nikos Angelopoulos ,Eleana Mavrodimou, Ηariklia Melahrinou, Arhonto Terzi

An A’ bar dependency between a constituent that internally merges in the left periphery and its copy has been shown to be sensitive to intervention effects in child language. For instance, object relative clauses, obj rcs, which involve movement across a subject were found to be harder for children than subject relative clauses, subj rcs, (Friedman et al., 2009 a.o.). This asymmetry has been addressed as an intervention effect in terms of Featural Relativized Minimality, rm, (Rizzi, 2004). Under this version of rm, the morphosyntactic features that play a role in computing similarity in immature grammars are the syntactically active ones. Belletti et al. (2012) argue that Hebrew, contrary to Italian, has an active gender feature, evidenced by the fact that it is morphologically expressed on the verb. This accounts for the difficulty in the comprehension of Hebrew obj rcs in which the subject and the object have the same gender value. In Greek, gender is not morphologically encoded on the verb, leading to the prediction that gender similarity should be innocuous for intervention in rcs. In this study, we contribute to the existing literature by bringing into light results from Greek-speaking children. Moreover, we compare these children to Greek-speaking Broca’s aphasics/agrammatics.

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L1 acquisition - Session II

Other activities in L1 acquisition - Session II

16:30 h. to 17:00 h.

Oral presentation

When is Recursion Easier for Children?

Speaker: Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts Amherst

16:00 h. to 16:30 h.

Oral presentation

Children do not Repair Presuppositions

Speaker: Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts Amherst

15:00 h. to 15:30 h.

Oral presentation

Stress or context for the computation of Scalar implicatures?

Speaker: Luisa Meroni, Universiteit Utrecht