Previous research on children's knowledge regarding the universal quantifier every has examined their awareness of the consequences of the asymmetric entailments that every evokes in its first and second arguments. Whereas the previous studies which demonstrated children's adult-like knowledge about every have focused on the computation of within-sentence meanings, the present paper specifically investigates whether children's adult-like knowledge about every extends to the computation of the inferential relations across sentence meanings. The experimental findings reported in the present paper provide new empirical evidence in favor of children's adult-like ability to compute the inferential relations between sentences with every appropriately, and introduce a novel experimental methodology to directly assess children's ability to evaluate inferences created between sentences.
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