Friday 8 September, 2017 16:40 to 17:10
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.
L1 acquisition / L2 acquisition - Session IV
Place:Sala George Bernanos
17:10 h. to 17:40 h.
Oral presentationOvergeneralizing word order: The acquisition of embedded V2 optionality
Speaker: Tina Ringstad, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet
18:10 h. to 18:40 h.
Oral presentationAnaphora 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 presentationTowards 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