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Usage-based vs. Rule-based Learning: The Acquisition of Word Order in Wh-Questions in English and Norwegian
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2009)
This paper discusses different approaches to language acquisition in relation to children’s acquisition of word order in wh-questions in English and Norwegian. While generative models assert that children set major word order parameters and thus acquire a rule of subject-auxiliary inversion or generalized verb second (V2) at an early stage, some constructivist work argues that English-speaking ...
English as a Mixed V2 Grammar: Synchronic Word Order Inconsistencies from the Perspective of First Language Acquisition
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2007)
This paper discusses some word order inconsistencies found in present-day English and argues that these may be explained by natural processes in first language acquisition. English is usually assumed to have lost its verb-second (V2) properties in the Middle English period, but the paper argues that English should be considered a mixed V2 grammar, as subject-auxiliary inversion is still a syntactic ...
The interaction of input and UG in the acquisition of verb movement in a dialect of Norwegian
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2004)
In this paper it is argued that a principle of information structure provided by Universal Grammar (UG) may interact with input in the acquisition of word order. In a study which investigates three children from the age of approximately 1;9 to 3 acquiring a Northern dialect of Norwegian, it has previously been shown that word order patterns in certain types of wh-questions which are sensitive to ...
Word order in wh-questions in a North Norwegian dialect: some evidence from an acquisition study
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2003)
While standard Norwegian is a V2 language, some Norwegian dialects exhibit V3 in certain types of wh-questions. In some previous work on the Tromsø dialect, V3 has been considered the ‘true’ dialect and speakers' acceptance of V2 simply a result of the influence from the standard language. Based on child and adult data from a study of the acquisition of word order in the Tromsø dialect, I will argue ...
Optional Word Order in Wh-Questions in Two Norwegian Dialects: A Diachronic Analysis of Synchronic Variation
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2005)
Based on a corpus of spontaneous production data, this paper compares the word order of wh-questions in two Norwegian dialects, Kåfjord and Tromsø. While the choice of word order (V2 or non-V2) in Tromsø is dependent on information structure, the Kåfjord speakers produce considerably more non-V2 in questions with monosyllabic wh-elements. The majority of questions with multisyllabic wh-constituents, ...
Proceedings from Workshop on Language Acquisition, Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics 2006 : Introduction
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2007)
On the acquisition of word order in WH-questions in theTromsø dialect
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2003)
This article reports on a study of three children acquiring a dialect of Norwegian which allows two different word orders in certain types of WH-questions, verb second (V2) and and verb third (V3). The latter is only allowed after monosyllabic WH-words, while the former, which is the result of verb movement, is the word order found in all other main clauses in the language. It is shown that both V2 ...