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Language Acquisition and Competing Linguistic Representations: The Child as Arbiter

  • L. Gawlitzek-Maiwald
  • R. Tracy
  • A. Fritzenschaft
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 16)

Abstract

There is an ongoing linguistic debate as to whether or not the V2 effect in German main clauses results from movement of verbs into a head-initial C-head position (see Travis, 1984; Grewendorf, 1988; Vikner and Schwartz, 1991; Reis and Rosengren, 1991). In this paper, we shall link this question to a range of data from child language. We will argue that there are good reasons for doubting that children’s early V2 main clauses should be analyzed as CPs and - even more heretically - we will propose that V2 clauses never need to be reanalyzed as CPs on their way to the adult system.

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Landing Site Sentence Type Embed Clause Main Clause Bilingual Child 
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  • L. Gawlitzek-Maiwald
  • R. Tracy
  • A. Fritzenschaft

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