General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 17:40 to 18:10

Oral presentation

Where Ellipsis Meets Wh-movement: Sluicing in early grammar

Speaker: Victoria Mateu Martin, UCLA

Authors: Victoria Mateu, Lauren Winans, Nina Hyams

In this paper, we present a study of English-speaking children’s (3-6 years) comprehension of sluiced sentences (e.g. Someone is brushing Ben, can you see who__?), probing their ability to recover the elided material, i.e. whether they obeyed the ‘antecedent condition’ on sluicing. In a modified TVJ task, we tested both subject and object sluices. We predicted that children would do better in the subject condition, in line with their performance with other instances of wh-movement, a possible intervention effect. Our study adds to the sparse literature on children’s development of TP ellipsis, and our results have implications for competing syntactic and semantic/pragmatic theories of the structure of (adult) sluices.

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L1 acquisition / Language pathology and language impairment - Session VII

Other activities in L1 acquisition / Language pathology and language impairment - Session VII

17:10 h. to 17:40 h.

Oral presentation

Children’s comprehension of pronouns and definites. Are children sensitive to contextual requirements?

Speaker: Saskia Brockmann, Universität Tübingen

18:10 h. to 18:40 h.

Oral presentation

What narratives tell us about language in high-functioning autism

Speaker: Kristen Schroeder, Universitat de Barcelona
Speaker: Miriam Garcia Subirats, Universitat de Barcelona