When OR is conjunctive in child Mandarin

David Huang, Rosalind Thornton, Stephen Crain

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    Abstract

    According to a recent proposal, children license a conjunctive inference for statements with disjunction even without a licensing expression that adults require, e.g., the deontic modal verb is allowed to (Singh, Wexler, Astle, Kamawar, & Fox, 2016; Tieu et al., 2017). However, the rates of children's conjunctive inferences vary considerably across studies, which may be due to the different experimental tasks and materials. Using a Truth Value Judgment Task (Crain & Thornton, 1998), the present study systematically investigated children's interpretation of disjunctive sentences with and without a deontic modal verb. It was found that children computed conjunctive inferences only in sentences with the deontic modal verb. We discuss the possible reasons for the varying findings of children's interpretation of disjunction in previous studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThree streams of generative language acquisition research
    EditorsTania Ionin, Matthew Rispoli
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Pages125-142
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)9789027262882
    ISBN (Print)9789027202246
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
    EventGenerative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America Conference (7th : 2016) - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, United States
    Duration: 8 Sep 201610 Sep 2016

    Publication series

    NameLanguage Acquisition and Language Disorders
    Volume63
    ISSN (Print)0925-0123
    ISSN (Electronic)2213-428X

    Conference

    ConferenceGenerative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America Conference (7th : 2016)
    CountryUnited States
    CityUrbana-Champaign
    Period8/09/1610/09/16

    Keywords

    • free choice inferences
    • disjunction
    • child language acquisition

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