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The perfective past tense in Greek child language

STAVRAKAKI, STAVROULA and CLAHSEN, HARALD (2009) 'The perfective past tense in Greek child language.' Journal of Child Language, 36 (1). pp. 113-142. ISSN 0305-0009

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Abstract

<jats:title>ABSTRACT</jats:title><jats:p>This study examines the perfective past tense of Greek in an elicited production and an acceptability judgment task testing 35 adult native speakers and 154 children in six age groups (age range: 3 ; 5 to 8 ; 5) on both existing and novel verb stimuli. We found a striking contrast between sigmatic and non-sigmatic perfective past tense forms. Sigmatic forms (which have a segmentable perfective affix (-<jats:italic>s</jats:italic>-) in Greek) were widely generalized to different kinds of novel verbs in both children and adults and were overgeneralized to existing non-sigmatic verbs in children's productions. By contrast, non-sigmatic forms were only extended to novel verbs that were similar to existing non-sigmatic verbs, and overapplications of non-sigmatic forms to existing sigmatic verbs were extremely rare. We argue that these findings are consistent with dual-mechanism accounts of morphology.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 10:08
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:34
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/269

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