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Early Root Infinitives in a Null-Subject Language: A Longitudinal Case Study of a Spanish Child
Carlos Buesa García
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In this paper, a root infinitive stage is documented in Early Child Spanish (1;08-2;06). The data comes from a longitudinal Case study of a Spanish speaking child, Inés, who was videotaped twice every month. The paper discusses the consequences that a root infinitive stage has for current theories of root infinitives providing evidence for a modality approach to this phenomenon. Further, data that shows that the child is able to license post-verbal subjects while in the root infinitive stage suggests that the Null Subject-Optional infinitive generalization is questionable.

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Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda
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