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Acquisition of the T and C system in clausal complements

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dc.contributor.advisor David Pesetsky. en_US Norris, Rebecca L. (Rebecca Lynn), 1977- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US 2009-01-30T18:38:16Z 2009-01-30T18:38:16Z 2003 en_US 2004 en_US
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dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, February 2004. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaf 48). en_US
dc.description.abstract In order to discover how children acquire the T(ense) and C(omplementizer) system, finite and nonfinite embedded clauses produced by children in the CHILDES database were studied. It was discovered that young children often delete to in nonfinite embedded clauses, and that they use that in the C position of finite imbedded clauses far less often than adults do. By adapting Wexler's (1998) theory of optional infinitives to a Pesetsky and Torrego (2001, 2002) framework, I show that the facts about both finite and nonfinite embedded clauses are due to three conflicting constraints: a modified Unique Checking Constraint based on that in Wexler (1998), a conceptual constraint requiring both T and C to appear in every full clause, and a constraint which tells children to use phonological closeness to decide which goal to move when two goals are equally close to a probe. Children cannot avoid violation of at least one constraint, so they are required to violate as few as possible. This results in different possible derivations, each one of which produces results which are seen in child speech. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Rebecca L. Norris. en_US
dc.format.extent 48 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.title Acquisition of the T and C system in clausal complements en_US
dc.title.alternative Acquisition of the tense and complementizer system in clausal complements en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 55704246 en_US

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