M . L . Rispoli

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Pronoun case errors, or overextensions, like *me want it are characteristic of English child language. This paper explores a hypothesis that the morphological structure of a pronoun influences the pattern of these errors. The Language Acquisition Device (LAD) attempts to analyse English pronoun case forms into stems and affixes, but cannot because of their(More)
This study concerns the acquisition of complex sentences with perception and epistemic verbs that take a second verb in their complements. The acquisition of complementation began between two and three years of age in this longitudinal study of four children's spontaneous speech. The results of the study showed that (1) complement types and complementizer(More)
This paper explores how children learn the range of aspect inflections to which a verb is amenable. The data considered are from observations of three Japanese boys aged between 1:10 and 2:1. Analyses focus on the children's mastery of Aktionsart specific intersentential patterns. For example, in one pattern, a caregiver asks nani shiteiru? 'What is someone(More)
The view that grammatical relations have substantial essence, designated as 'subject' or 'object' has difficulty in accounting for the variety of naturally acquirable grammatical relations. The acquisition of grammatical relations is examined from a theoretical framework, ROLE AND REFERENCE GRAMMAR, in which grammatical relations are decomposed into two(More)
English has several classes of transitive verbs which can optionally appear without an undergoer. Despite their similar syntactic subcategorization, there are at least three different semantic subclasses that allow undergoer omission. Information sources based on surface structure, for example, syntactic bootstrapping, cannot inform the child of the(More)
The Mediterranean Programme for Cultural Heritage editerranean agazine 1 editerranean agazine 1 ABOUT US The CNR and the Mediterranean he Office for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with Mediterranean Countries (SMED) has recently enlarged its activities by covering also the Middle East Region. In this new framework SMED Office has been integrated(More)
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