General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 17:10 to 17:40

Oral presentation

Elided Conjunction in Child Japanese and Its Implications

Speaker: Yoshiki  Fujiwara, University of Connecticut

Authors: Yoshiki Fujiwara and Hiroyuki Shimada

This study attempts to see whether Japanese children have adult-like knowledge of ellipsis by testing a difference between overt and covert conjunctions. Funakoshi (2013) observed that Japanese conjunction -mo-mo must take scope over negation (and > not) when it is overt, while it can take scope under negation (not > and) when it is elided. The result of our experiment showed that Japanese children around age 5 have difficulty in assigning a 'not > and' reading to sentences with a covert conjunction, even though adults have a strong tendency to assign it. This result suggests that children’s knowledge of ellipsis is not the same as adults’. We suggest that the children’s non-adult-like performance on the 'not > and' reading is expected under the Semantic Subset Principle (Geçkin, Crain, & Thornton 2016).

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L1 acquisition - Session VII


Other activities in L1 acquisition - Session VII

17:40 h. to 18:10 h.

Oral presentation

The acquisition of implicit control in European Portuguese: Some facts about comprehension

Speaker: Celina Agostinho, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

18:10 h. to 18:40 h.

Oral presentation

On the domain specificity of intervention effects in children’s comprehension of relative clauses and coordinate clauses

Speaker: Leticia Sicuro Correa, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro