Passives in first language acquisition : What causes the delay ?

@inproceedings{Kirby2009PassivesIF,
  title={Passives in first language acquisition : What causes the delay ?},
  author={Susannah Kirby},
  year={2009}
}
In this paper I evaluate the claim that semantic difficulties underlie young English-acquiring children’s poor performance on the passive construction. I will propose an account of children’s comprehension of the passive that rests on the prototypicality of subjects being agents and objects being patients, arguing against the view that difficulty with passives results from an inability to form A-chains. 

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