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date: 21 October 2020

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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 languages, and the structural factors that influence its appearance in child language. It also discusses children’s alledged target-like performance on reflexives in several languages with different type of reflexives. The chapter concludes that provided a balanced experimental design is used, the experimental results point at early mastery of Principle A and B, and that children’s difficulties with the interpretation of pronouns and reflexives are to be found at the interfaces between syntax and discourse or semantics, and may be due to limited (syntactic) processing resources.

Keywords: (weak/strong/clitic) pronouns, (SE, SELF) reflexives, long distance reflexives, binding, binding principles, coreference, chain formation, reflexive predicate, ECM constructions, Delay of Principle B Effect

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