Thursday 7 September, 2017 18:40 to 19:10
On Semantic Coercion in Children's Raising and Passives
Authors: William Snyder & Emma Nguyen
In their account of why the be-passives of certain non-actional verbs are dramatically delayed in children acquiring English, Snyder & Hyams (2015) adopt an idea from Gehrke & Grillo (2009): for those non-actional verbs that children still fail to passivize, the problem is that the children cannot yet perform a step of "semantic coercion" that these verbs require before they can passivize. But it is unclear how to extend the Gehrke & Grillo story to the findings by Orfitelli (2012). Specifically, Orfitelli found a tight correspondence between any given child's ability to comprehend the passives of pure stative verbs; and the same child's ability to comprehend a raising-past-experiencer construction with “seem”. We extend Gehrke & Grillo’s account, based on Pinker (1989), by proposing that a similar type of semantic coercion is needed for raising-past-experiencer constructions and that children are delayed in these, and also on the passives of stubbornly stative verbs, because they are late to master semantic coercion.
L1 acquisition - Session III
18:10 h. to 18:40 h.
Oral presentationRIs in L1 and 2L1 acquisition and the issue of interlinguistic influence: Are we comparing apples and oranges?
Speaker: Juana Liceras, University of Ottawa / Universidad Nebrija
17:40 h. to 18:10 h.
Oral presentationHow children deal with word order variation in the input: Evidence from elicited repetition of embedded clauses in German
Speaker: Emanuela Sanfelici, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
17:10 h. to 17:40 h.
Oral presentationOmission of Prepositions in Production is Linked to Online Comprehension Difficulties
Speaker: Natalia Mitrofanova, Norges Arktiske Universitet