Fred Weerman

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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 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)
Binding studies have shown that Dutch and English monolingual children frequently accept coidentification between object pronouns and local c-commanding Noun Phrase (NP) antecedents, as in (1). Studies into adult L2 learners of English found that these learners do not err on object pronouns but may do so on object reflexives, depending on their first(More)
In this paper we explore what primitives of syntax may explain why grammatical relations are obligatory, unique, local and sensitive to c-command. We propose that these properties follow from the way information percolates in syntactic trees (as regulated by compositionality) and the way information in nodes is organized (as regulated by set theory).
Syntax, the LOT Summer School 1995, the University of Amsterdam Linguistic Colloquium and the 11th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop at Rutgers University. We would like to thank the audiences for useful comments. Thanks are also due to Frank Drijkoningen, Astrid Ferdinand, Jane Grimshaw, Aafke Hulk, Roumyana Izvorski, René Kager, Jacqueline van Kampen,(More)
Session 2: Mechanisms underlying grammaticalization Theme: What cognitive mechanisms play a role in grammaticalization? Chair: Katrien Beuls (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) 2.1 Recruitment How can existing materials be exapted for new grammatical functions? 09:45 – 09:55 Doris Gerland A possible source for definiteness: possessor markers in Uralic 09:55 –(More)
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