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date: 26 January 2021

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The syntax and semantics of adpositions and particles show substantial cross-linguistic variation, leading to an important question of how children converge on the target grammar. This chapter focuses on cross-linguistic variation in, and acquisition of, two syntactic phenomena that centrally involve prepositions and particles: preposition stranding and the verb-particle construction. Since languages permitting verb-particle constructions are somewhat uncommon, and languages permitting preposition stranding are downright rare, evidence from child language constitutes an extremely important source of insight into the parametric variation permitted in these areas of syntax. Major findings from acquisitional and comparative investigations summarized in this chapter suggest that preposition stranding and verb-particle constructions are both dependent on the availability of productive endocentric compounding.

Keywords: verb-particle construction, preposition stranding, pied-piping of prepositions, prepositional complementizers, double object construction (double accusative construction), noun compounding, The Compounding Parameter, parameters

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