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Type of publication: Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science ar/ir Scopus / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science or / and Scopus (S1)
Field of Science: Filologija / Philology (H004)
Author(s): Katsos, Napoleon;Cummins, Chris;Ezeizabarrena, Maria-Jose;Gavarro, Anna;Kraljevic, Jelena Kuvac;Hrzica, Gordana;Grohmann, Kleanthes K;Skordi, Athina;Lopez, Kristine Jensen de;Sundahl, Lone;Hout, Angeliek van;Hollebrandse, Bart;Overweg, Jessica;Faber, Myrthe;Koert, Margreet van;Smith, Nafsika;Vija, Maigi;Zupping, Sirli;Kunnari, Sari;Morisseau, Tiffany;Rusieshvili, Manana;Yatsushiro, Kazuko;Fengler, Anja;Varlokosta, Spyridoula;Konstantzou, Katerina;Farby, Shira;Guasti, Maria Teresa;Vernice, Mirta;Okabe, Reiko;Isobe, Miwa;Crosthwaite, Peter;Hong, Yoonjee;Balčiūnienė, Ingrida;Ahmad Nizar, Yanti Marina;Grech, Helen;Gatt, Daniela;Cheong, Win Nee;Asbjørnsen, Arve;Koss Torkildsen, Janne von;Haman, Ewa;Miękisz, Aneta;Gagarina, Natalia;Puzanova, Julia;Anđelković, Darinka;Savić, Maja;Jošic, Smiljana;Slančová, Daniela;Kapalková, Svetlana;Barberán, Tania;Özge, Duygu;Hassan, Saima;Chan, Yuet Hung Cecilia;Okubo, Tomoya;Lely, Heather van der;Sauerland, Uli;Noveck, Ira
Title: Cross-linguistic patterns in the acquisition of quantifiers
Is part of: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Washigton : National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 2016, Vol. 113, iss. 33
Extent: p. 9244-9249
Date: 2016
Keywords: Language acquisition;Quantifiers;Semantics;Child language
Abstract: Learners of most languages are faced with the task of acquiring words to talk about number and quantity. Much is known about the order of acquisition of number words as well as the cognitive and perceptual systems and cultural practices that shape it. Substantially less is known about the acquisition of quantifiers. Here, we consider the extent to which systems and practices that support number word acquisition can be applied to quantifier acquisition and conclude that the two domains are largely distinct in this respect. Consequently, we hypothesize that the acquisition of quantifiers is constrained by a set of factors related to each quantifier's specific meaning. We investigate competence with the expressions for "all," "none," "some," "some. not," and "most" in 31 languages, representing 11 language types, by testing 768 5-y-old children and 536 adults. We found a cross-linguistically similar order of acquisition of quantifiers, explicable in terms of four factors relating to their meaning and use. In addition, exploratory analyses reveal that language-and learner-specific factors, such as negative concord and gender, are significant predictors of variation
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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