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Dissertation Information

Title: Comprehension and Production of Wh-Interrogatives in the L1 Acquisition of Greek Add Dissertation
Author: Evangelia Asproudi Update Dissertation
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Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2010
Linguistic Subfield(s): Psycholinguistics; Syntax;
Director(s): Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli

Abstract: The general aim of this dissertation is to investigate the acquisition of
wh-interrogatives in L1 Greek by typically developing children. More
concretely, comprehension and production of wh-interrogatives is examined
with respect to four fundamental questions on children's sensitivity to
long-distance movement constraints, to PF/LF discrepancy reduction, to
locality considerations and to economy-based parsing. All these questions
are addressed mainly on the basis of the following conditions: short-/long-
distance extraction, presence or absence of
wh-islands/negation/Discourse-linking, and presence of complementiser 'oti'
vs. 'na'. In order to test the Greek-specific predictions made in relation
to the fundamental questions outlined above, ninety 4-to-7 year-old Greek
children participated in a series of comprehension and production
experiments. The analysis of their results aims at comparisons between
question comprehension and production, as well as between short- and
long-distance question production. These comparisons are drawn both at an
intralinguistic and at a crosslinguistic level, with the ultimate goal of
gaining deeper insight into the acquisition of wh-movement. Overall, the
obtained results provide evidence for the availability of successive
cyclicity and for sensitivity to wh- and negative islands, for convergence
of PF and LF representations, for early preference for maximally local
movement and, finally, for the operation of economy-based parsing
principles. On the whole, all the patterns observed point to a
UG-compatible linguistic behaviour and thus attest for a continuity account
of language acquisition. Maturation seems to pertain to children's
processing ability and more prominently at the level of meaning rather than
at the level of form.