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German children's comprehension of word order and case marking in causative sentences.

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Dittmar, M; Abbot-Smith, K; Lieven, E; Tomasello, M
Published in: Child development
July 2008

Two comprehension experiments were conducted to investigate whether German children are able to use the grammatical cues of word order and word endings (case markers) to identify agents and patients in a causative sentence and whether they weigh these two cues differently across development. Two-year-olds correctly understood only sentences with both cues supporting each other--the prototypical form. Five-year-olds were able to use word order by itself but not case markers. Only 7-year-olds behaved like adults by relying on case markers over word order when the two cues conflicted. These findings suggest that prototypical instances of linguistic constructions with redundant grammatical marking play a special role in early acquisition, and only later do children isolate and weigh individual grammatical cues appropriately.

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Published In

Child development

DOI

EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

July 2008

Volume

79

Issue

4

Start / End Page

1152 / 1167

Related Subject Headings

  • Verbal Behavior
  • Speech Perception
  • Male
  • Linguistics
  • Language
  • Humans
  • Germany
  • Female
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Cognition
 

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Dittmar, M., Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2008). German children's comprehension of word order and case marking in causative sentences. Child Development, 79(4), 1152–1167. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01181.x
Dittmar, Miriam, Kirsten Abbot-Smith, Elena Lieven, and Michael Tomasello. “German children's comprehension of word order and case marking in causative sentences.Child Development 79, no. 4 (July 2008): 1152–67. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01181.x.
Dittmar M, Abbot-Smith K, Lieven E, Tomasello M. German children's comprehension of word order and case marking in causative sentences. Child development. 2008 Jul;79(4):1152–67.
Dittmar, Miriam, et al. “German children's comprehension of word order and case marking in causative sentences.Child Development, vol. 79, no. 4, July 2008, pp. 1152–67. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01181.x.
Dittmar M, Abbot-Smith K, Lieven E, Tomasello M. German children's comprehension of word order and case marking in causative sentences. Child development. 2008 Jul;79(4):1152–1167.
Journal cover image

Published In

Child development

DOI

EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

July 2008

Volume

79

Issue

4

Start / End Page

1152 / 1167

Related Subject Headings

  • Verbal Behavior
  • Speech Perception
  • Male
  • Linguistics
  • Language
  • Humans
  • Germany
  • Female
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Cognition