A cross-linguistic investigation of the acquisition of the pragmatics of indefinite and definite reference in two-year-olds.

@article{Rozendaal2008ACI,
  title={A cross-linguistic investigation of the acquisition of the pragmatics of indefinite and definite reference in two-year-olds.},
  author={Margot Isabella Rozendaal and Anne Edith Baker},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={2008},
  volume={35 4},
  pages={773-807}
}
The acquisition of reference involves both morphosyntax and pragmatics. This study investigates whether Dutch, English and French two- to three-year-old children differentiate in their use of determiners between non-specific/specific reference, newness/givenness in discourse and mutual/no mutual knowledge between interlocutors. A brief analysis of the input shows a clear association between form and function, although there are some language differences in this respect. As soon as determiner… CONTINUE READING

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