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The analysis has benefited immensely from discussions with, and (often extensive) comments from, the following colleagues: and Wuppertaler Linguistisches Kolloquium. I owe a particular debt to Alan Prince and Paul Smolensky, for their extremely generous contributions to this work, and to Vieri Samek-Lodovici for his invaluable scrutiny of the manuscript.(More)
Both children with specific language impairment (SLI) and children who acquire a second language (L2) make errors with verb inflection. This overlap between SLI and L2 raises the question if verb inflection can discriminate between L2 children with and without SLI. In this study we addressed this question for Dutch. The secondary goal of the study was to(More)
In this paper results are presented from experiments involving L1 acquisition as well as child and adult L2 acquisition of Dutch adjectival inflection. First of all these results support a morphological theory of the inflectional system in which forms that are similar at the surface (namely, bare adjectives) receive a rather different analysis. In addition(More)
In this work, we discuss the benefits of using automatically parsed corpora to study language variation. The study of language variation is an area of linguistics in which quantitative methods have been particularly successful. We argue that the large datasets that can be obtained using automatic annotation can help drive further research in this direction,(More)
Wit and the reviewers for NLLT. A previous, shorter version of this paper will appear in the proceedings of the "Is the Best Good Enough" workshop held at MIT. In this paper we present an analysis of question formation couched in an optimality-theoretic framework. Particular attention will be paid to the typology of multiple questions. It will be argued(More)
We aim to demonstrate that agent-based models can be a useful tool for historical linguists, by modeling the historical development of verbal cluster word order in Germanic languages. Our results show that the current order in German may have developed due to increased use of subordinate clauses, while the English order is predicted to be influenced by the(More)
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