De Cat, C. (2010) Explaining children's over-use of definites in partitive contexts. First Language. ISSN 1740-2344 (In Press)Full text available as:
Partitive contexts are those in which a set of similar individuals has been introduced, and the speaker needs to refer to one of them. If that referent has not yet been individualised in the context, the only adult-like option is to refer to it with an indefinite. But in such contexts, children have been shown to often produce (illicit) definites. In comprehension, if children are made to identify a referent in a partitive context, they do not always interpret correctly the definiteness clues in the input, and tend to interpret definites as if they were indefinite. This paper reviews production and comprehension studies in light of new experimental data, and argues that children’s errors in this type of context are due to processing limitations.
|Keywords:||definiteness, discourse, partitive, processing, uniqueness|
|Institution:||The University of Leeds|
|Academic Units:||The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Leeds) > Linguistics & Phonetics (Leeds)|
|Depositing User:||Dr Cecile De Cat|
|Date Deposited:||12 Apr 2010 13:33|
|Last Modified:||23 Jun 2014 16:25|