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Object extraction is not subject to Child Relativized Minimality

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JournalLingua
DatePublished - Jun 2010
Issue number6
Volume120
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)1516-1521
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Friedmann et al. (2009) propose that the grammar of three-five-year-old children imposes a stricter version of Relativized Minimality that the adult grammar does. This allows them to explain several experimental findings, including the difficulty children have in comprehending object relative clauses when the subject of the relative is a lexical NP, and in comprehending object questions when the object is D(iscourse)-linked. The purpose of this paper is to challenge their analysis, in terms of both its empirical coverage and its implications for a theory of acquisition that assumes continuity. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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  • D(iscourse)-linking, Relativized Minimality, Object extraction, Child language, Continuity, CLAUSES, ACQUISITION

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