Friday 8 September, 2017
Subject-verb agreement in German-speaking children and adolescents with Down syndrome
Authors: Penke, Martina; Witecy, Bernadette; Wimmer, Eva
Children with Down syndrome (DS) generally display noticeable problems in the acquisition of morphosyntax. The aim of this study was to examine whether German children and adolescents with DS show problems in the acquisition of subject-verb agreement, a crucial developmental milestone in German, compared to typically developing (TD) children. Verbs in 2nd and 3rd person singular and 3rd person plural were elicited in 34 children and adolescents with DS as well as 18 typically developing children (mean MA: DS: 4;5 years; TD: 4;4 years). Results showed that a subgroup of subjects with DS has correctness scores of over 90% for subject-verb agreement. However, the other children produce mainly (root) infinitives despite the fact that these phenomena are typically acquired by the age of three, as evident in the control group. For them, the deficit cannot simply be attributed to the general cognitive delay.
15:00 - 16:30 / Workshop 3 - “Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement”
Oral presentationVerb agreement in the interpretation of Relative clauses in early Spanish
Speaker: Vicenç Torrens, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
Oral presentationAttraction errors in Subject-Verb agreement. A Study on Italian SLI and TD children.
Speaker: Vincenzo Moscati, Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Luigi Rizzi, Université de Genève / Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Maria Teresa Guasti, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca