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  Children's Interpretation of Indefinites in Sentences Containing Negation: A Reassessment of the Cross-linguistic Picture
 
 
Title: Children's Interpretation of Indefinites in Sentences Containing Negation: A Reassessment of the Cross-linguistic Picture
Author: Unsworth, Sharon
Gualmini, Andrea
Helder, Christina
Appeared in: Language acquisition
Paging: Volume 15 (2008) nr. 4 pages 315-328
Year: 2008-10
Contents: Previous research suggests that children's behavior with respect to the interpretation of indefinite objects in negative sentences may differ depending on the target language: whereas young English-speaking children tend to select a surface scope interpretation (e.g., Musolino (1998)), young Dutch-speaking children consistently prefer an inverse scope interpretation (e.g., Kamer (2000)). In this article, we suggest that these data are not as puzzling as they first appear. Extending a proposal put forward by Hulsey, Hacquard, Fox, and Gualmini (2004), we show that both English- and Dutch-speaking children's behavior can be explained in the same way: children select the interpretation that answers the contextually relevant question.
Publisher: Psychology Press
Source file: Elektronische Wetenschappelijke Tijdschriften
 
 

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