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Title: Grammatical Features and Acquisition of Reference: A Comparative Study of Dutch and Spanish
Written By: Sergio Baauw
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
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GRAMMATICAL FEATURES AND THE ACUISITION OF REFERENCE:
A Comparative Study of Dutch and Spanish
Sergio Baauw, Utrecht University

This book offers a comparative study of the interpretation of definite articles and pronouns by Dutch and Spanish 4-7 year old children. It presents experimental evidence showing that children's interpretation of definite articles and pronouns is affected by their incomplete acquisition of morphosyntactic features of the D-position, the host of both pronouns and definite articles. It is argued that children often interpret definite articles as expletive determiners and third person pronouns as SE-anaphors ("se" in Spanish and "zich" in Dutch). This study also offers evidence that young children are sensitive to inflectional morphology. It shows that children acquiring a poorly inflected language, such as Dutch, have considerably more difficulties with the adult interpretation of pronouns and definite articles than children acquiring a richly inflected language, such as Spanish. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics series.

January 2002: 256 pp
Hb: 0415937612: $70.00 #50.00

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Acquisition of Pronouns and Definite Articles
2. Underspecification of the D-Position
3. The Acquisition of Pronominal Anaphora in Spanish and Dutch
Conclusions
References
Appendices

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Spanish
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