Do young children have adult syntactic competence?

  title={Do young children have adult syntactic competence?},
  author={Michael Tomasello},
  volume={74 3},
Many developmental psycholinguists assume that young children have adult syntactic competence, this assumption being operationalized in the use of adult-like grammars to describe young children's language. This "continuity assumption" has never had strong empirical support, but recently a number of new findings have emerged - both from systematic analyses of children's spontaneous speech and from controlled experiments - that contradict it directly. In general, the key finding is that most of… CONTINUE READING
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