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Title: First language acquisition of French: Relative clauses

  1. Major Contributors: Claire Foley
  2. Lab (s) Name (s): Boston College Program in Linguistics
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  4. Coverage (countries): Belgium
  5. Languages: French
  6. Date: 1/10/12
  1. GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION
    The project extends a growing cross-linguistic investigation of the acquisition of relative clauses.
  2. PURPOSES OF THE PROJECT
    The project seeks to shed light on the syntax of complex sentences (specifically, relative clauses) and on the development of knowledge underlying these structures.
  3. LEADING QUESTIONS
    One set of questions relates to developmental patterns: for example, are free relatives developmental precursors to lexically headed structures? A second set of questions relates to the knowledge underlying complex sentences: for example, what evidence exists that children integrate modular linguistic knowledge over the course of acquisition?
  4. RATIONALE AND AGENDA
  5. PARTICULAR STUDIES
    Acquisition of free and lexically headed relative clauses in French
  6. CURRENT STATUS OF PROJECT
  7. PEOPLE
  8. CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
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  10. PAPERS IN PREP