General programme, activity sheet

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

Oral presentation

Children do not Repair Presuppositions

Speaker: Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Authors: Tom Roeper and Jennifer Rau

What preconditions must be met in order for children to be able to reject a false presupposition Schulz (2003). Conversation demands that we repair presuppositions if there is an error (Can you put on your shes? No I have sandals). It is harder than answering a direct question (Are those shoes? No, sandals) which is much easier for children. Conversation has overt and covert “repairs” frequently and it is a part of being a competent speaker. This means presupposition or implicature failures are everywhere (and possibly harder for autistic children). We had 36 childrne between the age of 4;6 and 8;7. The 28 trial sentences were each accompanied by a picture and were designed to include different levels of (in)compatibilty of a proposition with the Common Ground (CG) to test for how willing children are to accommodate far-fetched propositions. The presupposition triggers used were factive predicates as in, definite articles triggering existential presuppositions. 77% of pre-kindergarten Accommodate, only by 8yrs are 45%children able to reject or repair presuppositions. Our evidence shows that children are often in grade school before they can Repair Presupposition Failure appropriately.

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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

15:30 h. to 16:00 h.

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

15:00 h. to 15:30 h.

Oral presentation

Stress or context for the computation of Scalar implicatures?

Speaker: Luisa Meroni, Universiteit Utrecht


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