Chapter published in:On the Acquisition of the Syntax of Romance
Edited by Anna Gavarró
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 62] 2018
► pp. 31–56
Discrimination of passive predicates by Brazilian Portuguese-speaking children
João Claudio de Lima Júnior | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) | Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Marina Rosa Ana Augusto | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) | Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Letícia Maria Sicuro Corrêa | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) | Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
This paper investigates the discrimination of passive predicates by children acquiring Brazilian Portuguese. A truth-value judgment experiment is reported here which assesses 3–4- and 5–6-year-olds’ ability to discriminate eventive/stative and eventive/resultative predicates. The results show an adult-like performance as far as stative and resultative predicates are concerned. As for eventive predicates, children’s performance has not reached the adult-standard, though they do discriminate eventive from stative/resultative predicates. These results are discussed in relation to previous ones with children acquiring European Portuguese and Catalan (Estrela, 2013; Gavarró & Parramon, 2017). A developmental account is provided which aims at reconciling the present and previous results.
- 2.On the structure of adjectival passive sentences and its relation to eventive passives
- 3.Previous results in favor of an adjectival interpretation of verbal passives
- 4.Experimental study
- 5.A procedural account of the acquisition of passives
- 6.Final remarks
Published online: 12 December 2018
Bencini, G., & Valian, V.
Bever, T. G.
Borer, H., & Wexler, K.
Borer, H., & K. Wexler
Caprin, C., & Guasti, M. T.
Corrêa, L. M. S.
(2009) Bootstrapping language acquisition from a minimalist standpoint: On the identification of phi-features in Brazilian Portuguese. In A. Pires & J. Rothman (Eds.), Minimalist inquiries into child and adult language acquisition: Case studies across Portuguese (pp. 35–621). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
(2014) Interface information and computational cost: An integrated procedural approach to language acquisition with some implications for SLI. In J. Costa, A. Fiéis, M. J. Freitas, M. Lobo, & A. L. Santos (Eds.), New directions in the acquisition of Romance languages. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
Crain, S., Thornton, R., & Murasugi, K.
(1987) Capturing the evasive passive. Paper presented at the 12th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston.
De Villiers, J. G., & De Villiers, P. A.
Duarte, I., & Oliveira, F.
Estrela, A. P.
Fox, D., & Grodzinsky, Y.
Gavarró, A., & Parramon, X.
Gleitman, L. R., January, D., Nappa, R., & Trueswell, J. C.
Griffin, Z. M., & Bock, K.
Hirsch, C., & Wexler, K.
(2006) Children’s passives and their resulting interpretation. In K. U. Deen, J. Nomura, B. Schulz, & B. D. Schwartz (Eds.), The proceedings of the inaugural conference on generative approaches to language acquisition – North America (pp. 125–136). University of Connecticut Occasional Papers in Linguistics , 4.
Höhle, B., Schmitz, M., Santelmann, L. M., & Weissenborn, J.
Hornstein, N., Martins, A. M., & Nunes, J.
Israel, M., Johnson, C., & Brooks, P. J.
Jusczyk, P. W., & Bertoncini, J.
Kline, M., & Demuth, K.
Koring, L., Sangers, N., & Wexler, K.
Lima Júnior, J. C., & Augusto, M. R. A.
(2014) The relevance of aspectual and semantic features for the comprehension of short passive sentences involving agentive and non-agentive verbs. In J. Costa, A. Fiéis, M. J. Freitas, M. Lobo, & A. L. Santos (Eds.), New directions in the acquisition of Romance languages. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
(2015) Is ‘smuggling’ really necessary? The most recent analyses of passive sentences reconsidered in terms of phasehood and cyclic movement. ReVEL, special edition, 9 www.revel.inf.br
Lima Júnior, J. C., & Corrêa, L. M. S.
(2016) Sentence-image mapping and the relevance of temporal/aspectual information in the comprehension of passive sentences by children. In M. Carvalho Bezerra Cavalcante et al. (Eds.), Questões em aquisição da linguagem e psicolinguística: fonologia e prosódia, língua de sinais, sintaxe e processamento (pp. 575–589). João Pessoa: Mídia Gráfica e Editora ltda.
Maratsos, M., Kuczaj, S. A., Fox, D. C., & Chalkley, M.
Maratsos, M., Fox, D., Becker, J., & Chalkley, M. A.
Messenger, K., Branigan, H. P., McLean, J. F., & Sorace, A.
Miyake, A., Friedman, N. P., Emerson, M. J., Witzki, A. H., Howerter, A., & Wager, T. D.
Morgan, J. L., & Demuth, K.
O’Brien, K., Grolla, E., & Lillo-Martin, D.
Pinker, S., Lebeaux, D., & Frost, L.
Richardson, F. M., Thomas, M. S., & Price, C. J.
Rodrigues, E. S., & Marcilese, M.
Rubin, M. C. B. P.
Santelmann, L. M., & Jusczyk, P. W.
Snyder, W., & Hyams, N.
Strohner, J., & Nelson, K. E.
Sudhalter, V., & Braine, M.
Terzi, A., & Wexler, K.
Tincoff, R., Santelmann, L. M., & Jusczyk, P. W.
Volpato, F., Verin, L., Tagliaferro, L., & Cardinaletti, A.
Volpato, F., Verin, L., & Cardinaletti, A.