Children Acquire Unaccusatives and A‐Movement Very Early

João Costa and Naama Friedmann

in The Theta System

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739200 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Children Acquire Unaccusatives and A‐Movement Very Early

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Structured tasks and the analysis of spontaneous speech are brought to show that children younger than 2 years acquiring Hebrew and European Portuguese distinguish between unaccusatives and unergatives. The evidence shows that children construct A-chains, arguing against the unergative misanalysis of unaccusatives, and in favour of early acquisition of unaccusatives.

Keywords: unaccusative; Hebrew; European Portuguese; A-movement; acquisition

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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