Semantic interactions of quantificational expressions in child language

Utako Minai, Stephen Crain

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    Abstract

    The nature of language acquisition has fueled a debate between the generative approach and the constructivist approach. These approaches disagree about both the quantity and quality of innate linguistic knowledge. The present study compares these two approaches using children’s acquisition of the semantics of quantification. Specifically, we investigate whether children are aware of a semantic property associated with the universal quantifier every, and its non-local interaction with the negative quantifier nobody. Children’s adult-like comprehension of sentences with these two quantificational expressions reveals early mastery of the complex semantic properties of natural languages, and is suggestive of innate linguistic knowledge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America, Honolulu 2006
    EditorsKamil Ud. Deen, Jun Nomura, Barbara Schulz, Bonnie D. Schwartz
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherUniversity of Connecticut Occasional Papers in Linguistics
    Pages205-216
    Number of pages12
    Volume1
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventConference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (1st : 2004) - Honolulu, United States
    Duration: 17 Dec 200420 Dec 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceConference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (1st : 2004)
    CountryUnited States
    CityHonolulu
    Period17/12/0420/12/04

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