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Knowledge of the OV parameter setting at 19 months: Evidence from Hindi–Urdu

Published inLingua, vol. 154, p. 27-34
Publication date2015

Although there is extensive evidence for early parameter setting in the syntactic productions of young children, much less is known about parameter setting before production starts. Franck et al. (2011) showed, for the first time, sensitivity to the VO/OV parameter at 19 months of age in children exposed to French, a VO language. Their experiment resorted to the combination of the preferential looking paradigm with pseudo-verbs and the weird word order paradigm. Here we report a closely resembling experiment with an OV language, Hindi–Urdu. We tested 20 children aged 19 months and the results show that children can parse the SOV sequences (and consequently show a looking preference for a transitive action) that generated random behaviour in the French experiment, while non-target sequences grant only random gazing behaviour.

  • Acquisition
  • Word order
  • Preferential looking paradigm
  • VO/OV
  • Early development
  • Parameter setting
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GAVARRÓ, Anna et al. Knowledge of the OV parameter setting at 19 months: Evidence from Hindi–Urdu. In: Lingua, 2015, vol. 154, p. 27–34. doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.11.001
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