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Merge and binding in child relative clauses: The case of Irish

Goodluck, H., Guilfoyle, E. and Harrington, S. (2006) Merge and binding in child relative clauses: The case of Irish. Journal of Linguistics, 42 (3). pp. 629-661. ISSN 0022-2267

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Abstract

This study investigates whether children learning Irish as a first language show a preference for one or other of the two mechanisms for relative clause formation used in the adult language (movement and binding), and what details of the grammar of Irish relative clauses children are sensitive to. Our results suggest that Irish-speaking children have acquired both a movement and a binding mechanism for relativization by age five, and that they additionally have a non-movement mechanism for forming subject relatives, one that is not licensed in adult Irish. The data is discussed in the context of other studies of relativization in child language, cross-linguistic evidence and the computation of binding structures in language production and processing.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2009 09:45
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2009 09:45
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S002222670600421X
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1017/S002222670600421X
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6733

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