This study presents experimental evidence that the grammar of young Japanese-speaking children permits the sloppy-identity interpretation of phonologically null arguments. This finding is in conformity with recent, minimalist approaches to Hale's (1983) Configurationality Parameter that postulate a tight connection between the possibility of noun-phrase ellipsis and the availability of scrambling (Oku 1998, Saito 2003).
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