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Negative Concord vs. Negative Polarity and the Acquisition of Japanese
Tetsuya Sano, Hiroyuki Shimada, and Takaomi Kato
232-240 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


In this paper, the acquisition of two types of negation-sensitive items is discussed. One is a negative polarity item (NPI) such as English anything, and the other is a negative concord item (NCI) such as Japanese nanimo. It is shown that Japanese children acquire NCIs very early, although decisive positive evidence in the input appears almost non-existent. Based on this observation, it is argued that negative concord is the "default value" for the two.

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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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