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Title: A cross-linguistic study of the acquisition of clitic and pronoun production
Authors: Belletti, Adriana 
Costa, João 
Friedmann, Naama 
Gavarró, Anna 
Grohmann, Kleanthes K. 
Guasti, Maria Teresa 
Tuller, Laurice 
Lobo, Maria 
Anđelković, Darinka 
Argemí, Núria 
Avram, Larisa 
Berends, Sanne 
Brunetto, Valentina 
Delage, Hélène 
Ezeizabarrena, María-José 
Fattal, Iris 
Haman, Ewa 
Van Hout, Angeliek 
Jensen De López, Kristine 
Katsos, Napoleon 
Kologranic, Lana 
Krstić, Nadezda 
Kraljevic, Jelena Kuvac 
Miękisz, Aneta 
Nerantzini, Michaela 
Queraltó, Clara 
Radic, Zeljana 
Ruiz, Sílvia 
Sauerland, Uli 
Sevcenco, Anca 
Smoczyńska, Magdalena 
Theodorou, Eleni 
Van Der Lely, Heather 
Veenstra, Alma 
Weston, John 
Yachini, Maya 
Yatsushiro, Kazuko 
Keywords: Test;Pronoun languages;Clitic language
Category: Languages and Literature
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: 28-May-2015
Publisher: Psychology Press Ltd
Source: Language Acquisition, 2016, Volume 23, Issue 1, Pages 1-26
Abstract: This study develops a single elicitation method to test the acquisition of third-person pronominal objects in 5-year-olds for 16 languages. This methodology allows us to compare the acquisition of pronominals in languages that lack object clitics (“pronoun languages”) with languages that employ clitics in the relevant context (“clitic languages”), thus establishing a robust cross-linguistic baseline in the domain of clitic and pronoun production for 5-year-olds. High rates of pronominal production are found in our results, indicating that children have the relevant pragmatic knowledge required to select a pronominal in the discourse setting involved in the experiment as well as the relevant morphosyntactic knowledge involved in the production of pronominals. It is legitimate to conclude from our data that a child who at age 5 is not able to produce any or few pronominals is a child at risk for language impairment. In this way, pronominal production can be taken as a developmental marker, provided that one takes into account certain crosslinguistic differences discussed in the article.
ISSN: 10489223
Type: Article
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