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On the Acquisition of ne ... que 'only' in English-French
Laurent Dekydtspotter and Rebecca A. Petrush
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The manner in which English-French learners acquire the bipartite ne ... que construction is examined. The possibility that learners store the structure whole as a 'formula' specifying its semantics as that of only is contrasted with the possibility that learners treat the structure compositionally as implicating negation and an existential exceptive phrase. The two treatments make different predictions in the area of scope relations with intensional verbs. It is shown that English-French interlanguage shows reflexes that are highly suggestive of a compositional treatment. This is also the case for learners with little or no prior experience with the structure.

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Proceedings of the 8th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2006): The Banff Conference
edited by Mary Grantham O'Brien, Christine Shea, and John Archibald
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