General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 09:30 to 11:00

Plenary Lecture

Clitics, objects and word order matters

Speaker: Anna  Gavarró Algueró, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The research over the last decade has shown that object clitics are omitted by children depending on person specification and other features tied to the parochial properties of the language acquired. Extending this work to language disorders shows analogous performance in SLI, exacerbated over time. Here I examine findings in the literature on the grammar of ASD and argue for an analysis consistent with the cross-linguistic evidence available which excludes cognitive factors from playing a role in clitic omission. In the second part of the talk I focus on objects at an earlier stage of acquisition by means of eye-tracking techniques and investigate how infants identify the distribution of objects in their target language before the two word stage; such early parameter setting includes canonical and non-canonical word orders and calls into question the relevance in infant comprehension of cues that may become useful later in life.

Plenary Session