Development of the Syntax-Discourse Interface (Studies in by S. Avrutin

By S. Avrutin

During this booklet, I tackle a number of problems with baby linguistic improvement from the viewpoint of the syntax -discourse interface. characteristically, language acquisition examine has excited by the advance of 1 of the linguistic modules, e.g. acquisition of syntax, morphology or phonology. whereas this strategy might be considered as fruitful every so often, there's a variety of linguistic phenomena whose rationalization depends upon the interplay of alternative modules and, consequently, various domain names of linguistic wisdom. a standard instance is pronominal anaphora: it may be proven that to properly use pronominal parts, general grownup audio system needs to own either syntactic and pragmatic wisdom, and that some of these wisdom needs to have interaction with one another. in regards to the language acquisition procedure, such phenomena recommend a just a little varied method of the language acquisition learn. certainly, if a few experimental stories convey that kids make error within the development less than research, it will likely be essential to contemplate those effects from the perspective of the interplay of the various domain names of linguistic wisdom interested in their interpretation. In different phrases, if this actual development calls for the combination of, for instance, syntactic and discourse-based wisdom, kid's mistakes could, in precept, be as a result of their loss of the previous, the latter, or either sorts of wisdom, and can't be taken as direct proof for the "underdeveloped" prestige of only one of them.

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Speakers can talk about the bride (at a wedding), the town hall (of the city), the Sun (of the world). In all cases, there is a bridging between a new card and an old one; the only difference is whether the old one is a permanently 50 CHAPTER II present card reflecting some constant knowledge, or a new card introduced for a particular visual situation. There is an important difference, of course. The deictic use of a definite NP must be accompanied by pointing. In the next section, I show why it is necessary.

I did not inform other speakers. I know that they cannot know what is happening in my mind. Thus, I know that they are not aware of any changes in my file. They won't be able to make corresponding changes in their files. (45) is not satisfied. 10, 11 SYNTAX, DISCOURSE, PRONOMINALS 53 To summarise, the difference between our syntactic and discourserelated knowledge is that only the latter implicates our capacity to make inferences. These inferences are required in order to satisfy the constraint on bridging presented in (45).

34) I saw a cat. The cat was hungry. A cat is an indefinite NP. Therefore, its index is instantiated with the number of a new file card, say #1. The cat, on the other hand, is a definite NP. It has an index that has to be instantiated with a number of some existing file card. In order to do this, this NP looks for a file card that has an entry IS A CAT. e. it receives an additional entry: IS HUNGRY. As a result of this operation, at the level of discourse representation, there is one card with two entries: 1: IS ACAT IS HUNGRY SYNTAX, DISCOURSE, PRONOMINALS 43 Consider another example, this time with a pronoun: (35)1 met a boy named Bill, and I met a girl named Mary.

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