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Author Jakubowicz, C. ♦ Strik, N. ♦ French, Wh-Questions In ♦ Jakubowicz, Celia ♦ Strik, Nelleke
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Content type Text
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Description It is well known that Long Distance (LD) wh-questions are rare in corpora of spon-taneous speech of young children. For instance, Stromswold (1995) shows that only 200 out of 13120 object and subject questions (that is 1.5%) produced by 12 English-This paper reports the results of an elicited production task of Long Distance (LD) wh-questions conducted with typically developing French- and Dutch-speaking children aged four and six, and adult control groups for each language. It is shown that besides input-convergent wh-questions, in both languages children use nontarget strategies to express scope. While in both French and Dutch children produce Partial Movement and wh-copying questions, only French children use Partial Movement without an overt scope-marker in the left periphery of the matrix clause. We argue that our results are consistent with the Derivational Complexity hypothesis put forward by Jakubowicz (2004, 2005). Moreover our results confirm that parametric choices regarding the position of both the wh-word and the verb in the sentence are already set at the ages considered here. Key words derivational complexity language acquisition scope-marking strategies syntax wh-interrogatives
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2008-01-01
Publisher Institution in French and Dutch. Language and Speech