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Children's Acquisition of Causatives and Bi-clausality in Japanese: An Experimental Study
Reiko Okabe
309-319 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The aim of this experimental study is to elucidate whether monolingual Japanese children can build a bi-clausal structure for the productive causative (PC) and a mono-clausal structure for the lexical causative (LC). A total of 20 monolingual Japanese children aged 4-7 were tested using Truth Value Judgment task. Their interpretation of both PC and LC with the reflexive pronoun zibun 'self' was examined. The results show that all of the children correctly rejected LC when zibun 'self' was bound by the dative NP, whereas they failed to accept PC with zibun 'self' bound by the embedded dative-marked subject. These findings lead us to conclude that children even as late as 7 years treated PC differently from adults.

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Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda
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