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On the overgeneralization of the intransitive/transitive alternation in children's speech: a cross-linguistic account with new evidence from French

Barrière, I. and Lorch, Marjorie P. and le Normand, M.T. (1999) On the overgeneralization of the intransitive/transitive alternation in children's speech: a cross-linguistic account with new evidence from French. International Journal of Bilingualism 3 (4), pp. 351-362. ISSN 1367-0069.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13670069990030040301

Abstract

This study investigates the cross-linguistic patterns of the overgeneralization of the Intransitive/ Transitive alternations found in children's speech and provides new evidence from findings based on the acquisition of French. The morphosyntactic characterization of such phenomenon in English and Hebrew child language is followed by a description of the morphosyntactic characterization of such alternation in adult French which relies on an account of SE-affixation proposed by Werhli (1986). On the basis of this account, predictions are made with respect to the overgeneralization of the Intransitive/Transitive alternation displayed by French children's speech which is borne out by the data drawn from several corpora. In addition, this account is shown to explain the results of a comprehension task carried out by AnnibaldiVion(1980) which were previously unexplained.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): French intransitive, transitive alternation overgeneralization
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 13:53
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:21
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4145

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