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Development of the Syntax-Discourse Interface : Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics - S. Avrutin

Development of the Syntax-Discourse Interface

Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics

Hardcover Published: 30th September 1999
ISBN: 9780792359364
Number Of Pages: 214

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The main focus of the book is the development of referential abilities in young children. A number of findings suggest that errors exhibited by young children in various experiments and spontaneous speech result from the inability to implement discourse-related knowledge. It is further argued that the deficiency is due to the lack of language-specific processing resources characteristic for young children. In order to support the lack of processing resources argument, certain similarities between the language of children and Broca's aphasics are also discussed. A new theoretical model of the syntax-discourse interface is presented, and it is shown how the proposed model can explain various psycholinguistic findings. The book is intended for scholars and graduate students working in the field of language acquisition and language impairment. It may also be of interest to linguists whose work focuses on the theory of syntax-discourse interface.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Establishing Referencep. 8
Introductionp. 8
Pronominals in Adult and Child Speechp. 10
Pronominals in Natural Languagesp. 10
Previous Acquisition Resultsp. 16
Syntax, Discourse and Interpretation of Pronominalsp. 23
General Modelp. 23
Syntactic Constraints and Interpretation of Indicesp. 25
File Change Semanticsp. 30
Interpretation of Indices in Syntax and Discoursep. 32
Various Uses of Definite NPsp. 38
Incorporation and Accommodationp. 42
Constraints on Bridgingp. 50
Anomalous Indexationp. 54
Principle A and Principle B Constructionsp. 54
Good Performance with Pronounsp. 60
Weak Pronounsp. 64
Principle C Constructionsp. 66
Experimental Evidence for the Proposed Modelp. 69
Experimental Evidence for the Existence of two Different Mechanisms: Incorporation and Accommodationp. 69
Deictic Use of Definite NPs in Children's Discoursep. 72
Pronominalization in Children's Discoursep. 72
Children's Use of R-expressionsp. 74
Limitations of Inferential Capacityp. 78
Possessive Pronouns and Reflexives in Russianp. 83
Overview of Russian Possessivesp. 83
Experimental Resultsp. 85
Plural Pronounsp. 93
Distributivity and Binding in Child Grammarp. 93
Plural Pronounsp. 95
Experimentp. 97
Resultsp. 100
Conclusionsp. 101
Children's Interpretation of the Discourse-dependent Reflexivesp. 103
The Standard Binding Theory, Reflexivity and Logophorsp. 105
Locative PPs and "Picture NPs"p. 111
General Methodp. 116
Experiment 1: Reflexives in Locative PPsp. 117
Experiment Two: Reflexives in "Picture NPs"p. 125
Conclusionsp. 129
Discourse-Based Analyses of Root Infinitivesp. 131
The Datap. 132
Hyams' Underspecification Theory of Root Infinitivesp. 135
Root Infinitives in Adult Russianp. 138
The Role of Indices in the Representation of NPs, Tenses and Eventsp. 140
Discourse Representation of Russian Root Infinitivesp. 144
Further Constraints on Russian RIsp. 149
The Headline Registerp. 152
Mad Magazine Registerp. 158
Achievement Predicates, Perfective Constructions, and Pronouns in Tenseless Clausesp. 159
Achievement Predicatesp. 160
Perfective Constructionsp. 161
Pronouns in Tenseless Clausesp. 162
The Optional Infinitive Stagep. 165
Presuppositional Introduction of an Event File Cardp. 165
Null Subject Languagesp. 169
Root Infinitives in the speech of Broca's aphasicsp. 172
Summary and Concluding Remarksp. 176
The Limitation of Processing Resources as an Explanation of Linguistic Performancep. 176
Child Language and Aphasiap. 179
Notesp. 184
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780792359364
ISBN-10: 0792359364
Series: Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 30th September 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.5

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