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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.

Event details of Acquisition of Negative Polarity Items
Date 4 December 2015
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

J. Lin: Acquiring Negative Polarity Items.


Prof. F.P. Weerman


Prof. H.H. Zeijlstra (George-August-Universität Göttingen, Duitsland)


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.