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LINGUIST List 24.1345

Tue Mar 19 2013

Books: Seemingly similar: Koring

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Mar-2013
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Seemingly similar: Koring
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Title: Seemingly similar
Subtitle: Subjects and displacement in grammar, processing, and acquisition
Series Title: LOT dissertation Series

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl/index3.html

Author: Loes Koring

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460931062 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 21.23 Comment: only available through internet


The goal of this dissertation is to ascertain the extent to which different
types of displacement, as found in raising and unaccusative structures, are
problematic in language acquisition. Syntactically, unaccusative and raising
structures share the raising of their surface subject from a lower position up
to a higher position. But raising verbs differ from unaccusatives in that
raising verbs allow you to talk about realities that differ from your current
one. Both subject displacement and the precise interpretational effects
raising verbs have might cause trouble in acquisition. In order to understand
the course of acquisition, this dissertation looks at two Dutch raising verbs
in particular: schijnen and lijken (both ‘seem’). It provides a definition of
the evidential semantics of these verbs and looks at the effects of the
particular semantics on processing in a self-paced reading experiment. In
addition, by looking at processing of different types of intransitive verbs,
this dissertation teases apart the effects of thematic role and syntactic
structure on processing. To that end, an innovative version of the visual
world experiment is used. The results demonstrate that unaccusative structures
delay interpretation compared to unergative structures. Furthermore, children
from the age of five already distinguish between unaccusatives and
unergatives. Apparently, children from that age are already aware of the
displaced subject in unaccusative verbs. Raising verbs on the other hand, are
acquired at a later point in acquisition. Moreover, depending on the precise
interpretational effects, differences in the timing of acquisition occur

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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