Jing Lin studies the acquisition of Negative Polarity Items (NPIs), words or expressions that are only used in certain negative contexts. The English adverb yet is an example: it is fine to say ‘Max has not come yet’, but ‘Max has come yet’ is judged as deviant. Lin asks what kind of learning strategies children employ in their acquisition of NPIs, what possible learning pathways there are and what the acquisition of NPIs tells us about their nature.
J. Lin: Acquiring Negative Polarity Items.
Prof. F.P. Weerman
Prof. H.H. Zeijlstra (George-August-Universität Göttingen, Duitsland)
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