Edited by Kristen Syrett and Sudha Arunachalam
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research 24] 2018
► pp. 96–121
Chapter 5On the acquisition of event culmination
There is quite a high rate of acceptance of telic-perfective predicates as descriptions of non-culminating events in children learning Germanic and Romance languages. What causes children, much more so than adults, to accept non-culminating interpretations of telic-perfective sentences? In this review, I discuss learners’ difficulties’ in each of three grammatical dimensions that contribute to event culmination: the notion of ‘result’ as encoded in the lexical semantics of verbs, telicity of verb phrases telicity, and perfectivity of tense-aspect morphology. I conclude that telicity and perfectivity do not cause the non-culmination acceptance patterns. Instead, the learnability challenge for event culmination lies in the acquisition of verb meanings. I sketch several new angles for further research, including the role of agentivity of the subject.
- 2.The grammatical dimensions of event culmination
- 3.Non-culmination patterns and the acquisition of the lexical meaning of verbs
- 4.Non-culmination patterns and the acquisition of telicity
- 5.Non-culmination patterns and the acquisition of perfectivity
- 6.Conclusions and new developments in the acquisition of event culmination
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