General programme, activity sheet

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

Oral presentation

Stress or context for the computation of Scalar implicatures?

Speaker: Luisa Meroni, Universiteit Utrecht

Authors: Liz Smeets and Luisa Meroni

Since the work of Chierchia, Crain, Guasti, Gualmini and Meroni (2001) and Noveck (2001), children’s ability to compute scalar implicatures has been widely studied. Even in recent years it has been found that children are not as proficient as adults in computing Scalar Implicatures (SIs)( a.o., Papafragou and Musolino, 2003; Katsos and Smith, 2010; Katsos et al., 2011). However, Meroni and Gualmini (2013) showed that young children compute SIs at adult-like levels when the context makes explicit the Question Under Discussion (QUD) (Gualmini et al., 2008). We cast doubts on the conclusion drew by the authors as another crucial factor could have contributed to children's successful performance, namely prosody. The present study investigates whether children’s performance with SIs is influenced by (I) the appropriate QUD or (II) the intonation on some, by designing an experiment which disentangles the contribution of these two factors.

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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

16:00 h. to 16:30 h.

Oral presentation

Children do not Repair Presuppositions

Speaker: Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts Amherst