On the acquisition of event culmination

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    There is quite a high rate of acceptance of telic-perfective predicates as descriptions of non-culminating events in children learning Germanic and Romance languages. What causes children, much more so than adults, to accept non-culminating interpretations of telic-perfective sentences? In this review, I discuss learners’ difficulties in each of three grammatical dimensions that contribute to event culmination: the notion of ‘result’ as encoded in the lexical semantics of verbs, telicity of verb phrases, and perfectivity of tense-aspect morphology. I conclude that telicity and perfectivity do not cause the non-culmination acceptance patterns. Instead, the learnability challenge for event culmination lies in the acquisition of verb meanings. I sketch several new angles for further research, including the role of agentivity of the subject.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelSemantics in Language Acquisition
    RedacteurenKristen Syrett, Sudha Arunachalam
    UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishers
    Hoofdstuk5
    Pagina's95-121
    Aantal pagina's27
    ISBN van elektronische versie9789027263605
    ISBN van geprinte versie9789027201379
    DOI's
    StatusPublished - 2018

    Publicatie series

    NaamTrends in Language Acquisition Research
    UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishing Company

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