Chapter in:L1 Acquisition and L2 Learning: The view from Romance
Edited by Larisa Avram, Anca Sevcenco and Veronica Tomescu
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 65] 2021
► pp. 332–353
Deriving scalar implicatures with quantifiers by Romanian children
The present study looks at whether 7–9-year-old Romanian monolingual children generate fewer implicatures than adults (Noveck, 2001) when interpreting two existential plural quantifiers (unii ‘some1’ and cȃţiva ‘some2’). The results reveal that 7-year-olds derive scalar implicatures with existential quantifiers less frequently than 9-year-olds, who, in turn, derive them less frequently than adults. Moreover, subjects behaved the same with unii ‘some1’ and cȃţiva ‘some2’, i.e., the semantic differences between the two existential quantifiers seem to be immaterial to scalarity computation.
Keywords: scalar implicatures, existential quantifiers, L1 Romanian