Article published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2011: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Utrecht 2011
Edited by Sergio Baauw, Frank Drijkoningen, Luisa Meroni and Manuela Pinto
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 5] 2013
► pp. 249–266
L1 acquisition of noun ellipsis in French and in Dutch
Consequences for linguistic theory
In the literature several theoretical analyses of nominal ellipsis of various languages have been proposed. In this exploratory and comparative study the L1 French and Dutch acquisition of noun ellipsis is analyzed. The L1 data suggest that a theoretical analysis of the licensing mechanisms of nominal ellipsis should take the following observations into account. First, the acquisition of nominal ellipsis by French and Dutch children proceeds essentially in the same way, even though the adult languages differ. Second, as proposed in previous studies, not the presence of a determiner or inflection but the presence of an element with a partitive meaning seems to be a crucial factor in the licensing mechanism.
Published online: 06 November 2013
Cited by 2 other publications
Lobeck, Anne & Petra Sleeman
Sleeman, Petra & Tabea Ihsane
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