This article presents two elicited production experiments with Italian and French children, focusing on the absence of prepositional pied-piping relatives and the use of resumptive relatives. Contrary to Labelle (1990), (1996), we argue that the absence of pied-piping relatives does not prove that children fail to form relatives through wh-movement. The account of this avoidance in terms of Kayne's analysis (1995) and of derivational complexity, as in McDaniel, McKee and Bernstein (1998), raises theoretical problems. Based on the observation that in Romance, (i) pied-piping relatives are the only relatives that contain relative pronouns and (ii) pied-piping relatives are typical of the more formal variety of the language, our claim is that children learn relative pronouns and thus pied-piping relatives only during school years, through explicit teaching. Copyright © 2003 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.

Guasti, M., Cardinaletti, A. (2003). Relative clause formation in Romance child's production. PROBUS, 15(1), 47-89.

Relative clause formation in Romance child's production

GUASTI, MARIA TERESA;
2003

Abstract

This article presents two elicited production experiments with Italian and French children, focusing on the absence of prepositional pied-piping relatives and the use of resumptive relatives. Contrary to Labelle (1990), (1996), we argue that the absence of pied-piping relatives does not prove that children fail to form relatives through wh-movement. The account of this avoidance in terms of Kayne's analysis (1995) and of derivational complexity, as in McDaniel, McKee and Bernstein (1998), raises theoretical problems. Based on the observation that in Romance, (i) pied-piping relatives are the only relatives that contain relative pronouns and (ii) pied-piping relatives are typical of the more formal variety of the language, our claim is that children learn relative pronouns and thus pied-piping relatives only during school years, through explicit teaching. Copyright © 2003 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG.
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
development, Italian, French, production
English
Guasti, M., Cardinaletti, A. (2003). Relative clause formation in Romance child's production. PROBUS, 15(1), 47-89.
Guasti, M; Cardinaletti, A
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/10281/1596
Citazioni
  • Scopus 40
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
Social impact