Stephanie Berk

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This paper examines two- to five-year-old children's knowledge of inversion in English yes/no questions through a new experimental study. It challenges the view that the syntax for inversion develops slowly in child English and tests the hypothesis that grammatical competence for inversion is present from the earliest testable ages of the child's sentence(More)
Child development researchers often discuss a "two-word" stage during language acquisition. However, there is still debate over whether the existence of this stage reflects primarily cognitive or linguistic constraints. Analyses of longitudinal data from two Deaf children, Mei and Cal, not exposed to an accessible first language (American Sign Language -(More)
In this paper we discuss experimental data from three different production studies conducted at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL). The three studies used the elicited imitation method; two of them tested English-speaking children and the third one tested German-speaking children (see Table 1 below). We also discuss data from natural speech studies(More)
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