Language-general and language-specific influences on children's acquisition of argument structure: a comparison of French and English.

@article{Naigles2002LanguagegeneralAL,
  title={Language-general and language-specific influences on children's acquisition of argument structure: a comparison of French and English.},
  author={Letitia R. Naigles and Nadine Lehrer},
  journal={Journal of child language},
  year={2002},
  volume={29 3},
  pages={545-66}
}
This research investigates language-general and language-specific properties of the acquisition of argument structure. Ten French preschoolers enacted forty sentences containing motion verbs; sixteen sentences were ungrammatical in that the syntactic frame was incompatible with the standard argument structure for the verb (e.g. *Le tigre va le lion = *The tiger goes the lion). Previous work (Naigles, Fowler & Helm, 1992, 1995; Naigles, Gleitman & Gleitman, 1993) indicated that English-speaking… CONTINUE READING