General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017


Maximality trouble?: Japanese-speaking children’s interpretation of comparatives

Speaker: Masuyo Ito, Fukuoka University

Authors: Masuyo Ito and Kenneth Wexler

This study investigates how Japanese-speaking children interpret predicative comparatives with the phrasal complement. The acquisition of comparatives has captivated many researchers, but some results show that some good child performance is attained by the child taking comparatives as adjectives without an analysis of the comparative. This study attempts to control for this type of problem by manipulating the conditions in which X is Adj. is true. The experiment (N=48 children) examined whether the dimensional degree to which the ‘associate’ NP has a given property or the availability of extra items other than the ‘associate’ item and the ‘standard’ item affects children’s interpretation of comparatives. The 4-year-olds’ results showed that there were no significant differences between responses to comparatives and (non-comparative) adjectives, which was unlike the 5- and 6-year-olds. We suggest that the 4-year-olds’ poor performance stems from the difficulty they have with the notion of maximality.

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