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Full Title: Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement

Location: Palma (Balearic Islands), Spain
Start Date: 07-Sep-2017 - 09-Sep-2017
Contact: Géraldine Legendre
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Meeting Description: Subject-Verb (SV) agreement is a fundamental and cross-linguistically frequent morpho-syntactic relation, which has been shown to pose significant challenges to both normally developing children (e.g. in comprehension, Johnson, de Villiers, & Seymour, 2005; Pérez-Leroux, 2005) and language-impaired children (e.g. Clahsen et al, 1997; Dromi et al., 1999; Rispens & Been, 2007). Difficulty with SV agreement has in fact been claimed to be a marker of SLI, e.g. in German (Eisenbeiss, Bartke and Clahsen, 2005/2006). There also exists experimental evidence that argues against generalizing across languages, on the basis of early acquisition of French SV agreement in normally developing children (Legendre et al., 2010, 2014) and in SLI children (Rice et al., 1997). These discrepancies bear on broader theoretical debates, in particular whether the system of knowledge underlying SV agreement is (im)mature or (un)impaired, depending on the population considered, and/or whether perceptual and processing factors are primarily responsible for the variety of empirical observations.
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition; Syntax
LL Issue: 28.443

This is a session of the following meeting:
13th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition

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