In this paper, a root infinitive stage is documented in Early Child Spanish (1;08-2;06). The data comes from a longitudinal Case study of a Spanish speaking child, Inés, who was videotaped twice every month. The paper discusses the consequences that a root infinitive stage has for current theories of root infinitives providing evidence for a modality approach to this phenomenon. Further, data that shows that the child is able to license post-verbal subjects while in the root infinitive stage suggests that the Null Subject-Optional infinitive generalization is questionable.
Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-419-5 library binding
vii + 490 pages
publication date: 2007
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA