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Thursday 7 September, 2017


Early Acquisition of Cleft Sentences in Japanese

Speaker: Kyoko Yamakoshi, Ochanomizu University

Authors: Akari Ohba and Kyoko Yamakoshi

This paper presents our experimental results which reveal that Japanese children comprehend subject and object clefts (SCs & OCs) with matched contexts and pictures correctly, contrary to previous studies reporting that children have problems with OCs. We conducted two experiments by the Truth Value Judgement Task. Based on Aravind et al. (2016), Experiment 1 examined whether Japanese children interpreted true clefts with matched and mismatched contexts correctly. The results show the children performed well with SCs and OCs with matched contexts. Experiment 2 verified Japanese children’s abilities to reject false clefts and found they remarkably rejected false SCs and OCs. We further argue that slightly lower results of SCs are due to the word order of Japanese adopting Otsu’s (1994) analysis for the acquisition of scrambling. To conclude, our experiments represent that Japanese children comprehend clefts well with matched contexts and pictures and that they have knowledge of clefts early.

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Speaker: Mari Chanturidze, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg


Perceptually driven blocking of palatalization in L1 Greek child speech

Speaker: Ioanna Kappa, University of Crete


OCP factors governing the realization of [OBSTRUENT+SONORANT] Clusters in Child Greek: A case study

Speaker: Ioanna Kappa, University of Crete


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Speaker: Kazuko Yatsushiro, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft


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Speaker: Àlvaro Calero Pons, Universitat de les Illes Balears


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Speaker: Francesca Panzeri, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
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Speaker: Masuyo Ito, Fukuoka University


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Speaker: Hui-Yu Huang, University of Delaware


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Speaker: Hyun-Kwon Yang, Seoul National University