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A-Movement in Language Development  

Misha Becker and Susannah Kirby

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter provides an overview of the literature on children’s acquisition of constructions involving A(rgument)-movement: passive, unaccusative verbs, raising-to-subject, and ... More

Acquiring Possessives  

Theo Marinis

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
The concepts of possession and ownership are among the first to be expressed by children when they start acquiring language. This chapter starts with an overview of the properties of ... More

The Acquisition of Binding and Coreference  

Sergio Baauw

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
In this chapter the acquisition of pronouns and reflexives is discussed. It reviews several accounts of the so-called Delay of Principle B Effect, the absence of this effect in some ... More

The Acquisition of Case  

Sonja Eisenbeiss, Bhuvana Narasimhan, and Maria Voeikova

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
Case is one of the most heterogeneous nominal morphological categories: the number of case forms in morphological paradigms, the syntactic and semantic functions of case, and the set of ... More

Acquisition of Comparatives and Degree Constructions  

Kristen Syrett

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter looks at the acquisition of comparatives from formal, theoretical, and cross-linguistic perspectives. It begins by reviewing children’s aberrations from adults in the form of ... More

The Acquisition of Complements  

Jill de Villiers and Tom Roeper

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Jul 2016
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Nov 2016
The development of complementation engages high-level parametric variation, a variety of separate modules, and very specific lexical variation across the possible grammars in UG. In ... More

Acquisition of Derivational Morphology  

Eve V. Clark

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Sep 2014
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Mar 2015
Children acquire some derived word forms early, initially as unanalyzed wholes. But from about age 2 onwards, they start to make use of attested derived word-form patterns when they ... More

The Acquisition of Ergativity: An Overview  

Edith Bavin

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Jun 2017
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Aug 2017
The chapter illustrates variation associated with ergative alignment and properties of ergative languages that might impact on acquisition of the system. Language input, the social context ... More

The Acquisition of Japanese Syntax  

Keiko Murasugi and Koji Sugisaki

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
This article investigates a number of issues concerning parameter setting and developmental factors in language acquisition. It is mainly limited to studies on the acquisition of syntax ... More

The Acquisition of Murrinhpatha (Northern Australia)  

Bill Forshaw, Lucinda Davidson, Barbara Kelly, Rachel Nordlinger, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Joe Blythe

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Sep 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter reports on initial findings of an ongoing large-scale research project into the acquisition of Murrinhpatha, a polysynthetic language of the Daly River region of the Northern ... More

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