This research focuses on determiner omission in L1 acquisition. It is based on the analysis of the spontaneous production of one Italian monolingual child. Results indicate that, during the period analyzed (1;11-2;6), D omission is a residual phenomenon more related to the structural configuration in which nominals occur than to other properties of Ns investigated in this study such as Gender, Number and Mass distinction. In particular, this research provides novel evidence for the identification of P-DP configurations as one of the most sensitive contexts for D omission, and sustains the hypothesis that properties of P and D (they are both heads involved in NP case assignment) and the complex syntactic process at work in the derivation of articulated prepositions in Italian may favor a selective omission of determiners in children's early grammar.
Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2008)
edited by Jean Crawford, Koichi Otaki, and Masahiko Takahashi
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