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Reflexes of a Syntactico-Semantic Organization in English-French Implicatures
Laurent Dekydtspotter and Jon C. Hathorn
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This paper examines the interpretation of sentences containing existential quantifiers with separable adjectival restrictions by English-French learners. Specifically, we focus on the scopal interactions of continuous and discontinuous existential quantifiers with universal quantifiers, considering the implications for the pragmatic knowledge of learners. We argue that knowledge of interpretation in English-French acquisition logically requires idiosyncratic scope constraints on LF representations and mandatory calculations of LF-induced scalar implicatures. We show that mandatory (LF-induced) computations are present throughout English-French development. We argue that domain specific constraints and mandatory computations strongly support Schwartz's (1986, 1987) thesis that a Fodorian processing module explains the nature of L2 acquisition.

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Proceedings of the 6th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2002): L2 Links
edited by Juana M. Liceras, Helmut Zobl, and Helen Goodluck
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