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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 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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    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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): French intransitive, transitive alternation overgeneralization
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 13:53
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:30
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4145

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