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Languages 2018, 3(2), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages3020011

The Interpretation of Pronouns across Spanish-Speaking Populations

Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, Universiteit Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 8, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands
Received: 24 December 2017 / Revised: 10 April 2018 / Accepted: 11 April 2018 / Published: 20 April 2018
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In this paper, we will present data from both Spanish acquisition and aphasia on the Pronoun Interpretation Problem (PIP), according to which children allow pronouns to be identified with local c-commanding antecedents. Although it has recently been claimed that the PIP is, to a great extent, an experimental artifact, there are good reasons to believe that there is something “real” in the effect. As with many phenomena from acquisition, researchers have tried to explain this development in terms of “learning”, or more concretely, in terms of “parameter setting”. Children either must set the right local domain for the application of Principle B or they must set a +/− Principle B parameter. However, considering the PIP as an acquisition problem is problematic since it is difficult to see how children can converge on the target grammar without negative evidence. In this paper, we will defend an alternative approach, according to which the PIP is portrayed as the result of interplay between properties of predicates and different kinds of pronouns on the one hand, and language processing factors on the other. View Full-Text
Keywords: binding; co-reference; Principle B; A-Chains; agrammatism; processing; economy; clitic pronouns; Exceptional Case Marking constructions; picture selection; picture verification binding; co-reference; Principle B; A-Chains; agrammatism; processing; economy; clitic pronouns; Exceptional Case Marking constructions; picture selection; picture verification
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