General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017 16:40 to 17:10

Oral presentation

Two systems, one strategy: acquiring ordinals in Dutch and English

Speaker: Caitlin Meyer, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Authors: Caitlin Meyer, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman

Novel comprehension data from 62 Dutch (2;8–4;11) and 36 American (3;5–5;3) children show that irregular ordinals (e.g. derde ‘third’) are acquired after regular forms (negende ‘ninth’) and analytic ordinals (auto drie ‘car thee’). This may seem obvious: it only makes sense for children to prefer regularity. Or does it? This talk highlights why, on ‘second’ thought, these findings are neither simple nor inconsequential for approaches on numerical development and language acquisition. Employing Yang (2016), we argue that children acquire ordinals in a rule-based (rather than lexical) fashion and use the morphosyntactic properties of ordinal forms to acquire ordinal meaning. This goes against purely frequency-reliant approaches and other ideas that may be plausible given e.g. acquisition patterns found for other phenomena. We also show that both a linguistic and a conceptual component are at play: children use language to apply knowledge developed in cardinal acquisition to the ordinal domain.

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L1 acquisition / L2 acquisition - Session IV

Other activities in L1 acquisition / L2 acquisition - Session IV

17:10 h. to 17:40 h.

Oral presentation

Overgeneralizing word order: The acquisition of embedded V2 optionality

Speaker: Tina Ringstad, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet

18:10 h. to 18:40 h.

Oral presentation

Anaphora resolution in L1 English-L2 Spanish in the CEDEL2 corpus: beyond experimental evidence

Speaker: Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada
Speaker: Teresa Quesada, Universidad de Granada

17:40 h. to 18:10 h.

Oral presentation

Towards an explanation for why German children do not have problems interpreting object pronouns: An eye-tracking study

Speaker: Atty Schouwenaars, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Speaker: Esther Ruigendijk, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg