Resumptive Pronouns in English Relative Clauses

  title={Resumptive Pronouns in English Relative Clauses},
  author={Cecile McKee and Dana Mcdaniel},
  journal={Language Acquisition},
  pages={113 - 156}
We report elicited production and grammaticality judgment data from 3 experiments on the status of resumptive pronouns in English. The participants in 2 experiments were 82 children (aged 3;5-8;11) and 34 adults; the participants in 1 experiment were 89 children (also 3;5-8;11) and 20 adults. The adult data are interpreted in terms of a Minimalist account in which English-type resumptives are Spell-Outs of traces. For reasons of economy, they surface only when the trace is illicit. Children's… 
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