21.4674, Books: Language Acquisition/Psycholinguistics/Syntax: Grolla

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Subject: Pronouns as Elsewhere Elements: Grolla
 

	
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Title: Pronouns as Elsewhere Elements 
Subtitle: Implications for Language Acquisition 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
	   http://www.c-s-p.org
	
Author: Elaine Grolla

Hardback: ISBN:  9781443823746 Pages: 175 Price: U.S. $ 52.99


Abstract:

This book investigates the acquisition of pronominal elements by monolingual 
children acquiring English and Brazilian Portuguese as their native languages. 
Previous studies have found non-adult behavior in children's use and 
comprehension of pronouns in two syntactic contexts: resumptive pronouns 
in relative clauses and anaphoric pronouns bound by argumental noun 
phrases. Children perform similarly on both contexts, incorrectly accepting 
these cases at chance level. The age-range when this chance performance is 
detected is the same in both cases, around 4 and 5 years. 

The present study offers a unifying account for such behavior, assuming that 
bound pronouns are always last resort, whose use requires trans-derivational 
comparison. Along the lines of previous work done by Grodzinsky and 
Reinhart (1993), it is claimed that such a comparison is too demanding for 
young children, as their limited working memory cannot handle complex 
computations

Two sets of experiments were carried out, testing the same children on both 
contexts. The results show that those behaving at chance in one context had 
the same behavior in the other. They also showed that children had chance 
level performance not only with pronouns bound by referential antecedents, 
but also with quantified ones.   

These results are compatible with the view that children's problems with 
bound pronouns are related to processing difficulties rather than to the lack of 
some linguistic knowledge. 



Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                     Psycholinguistics
                     Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                     Portuguese (por)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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