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Titre du document / Document title

What does finiteness mean to children? A cross-linguistic perspective on root infinitives = Que signifie la finitude pour l'enfant ? Un point de vue translinguistique sur les infinitives racines

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

GRETSCH Petra (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, PAYS-BAS

Résumé / Abstract

The discussion on root infinitives has mainly centered around their supposed modal usage. This article aims at modelling the form-function relation of the root infinitive phenomenon by taking into account the full range of interpretational facets encountered cross-linguistically and interindividually. Following the idea of a subsequent cell partitioning in the emergence of form-function correlations, I claim that it is the major fission between [+- finite] which is central to express temporal reference different from the default here&now in tense-oriented languages. In aspectual-oriented languages, a similar opposition is mastered with the marking of early aspectual forms. It is observed that in tense-oriented languages like Dutch and German, the progression of functions associated with the infinitival form proceeds from nonmodal to modal, whereas the reverse progression holds for the Russian infinitive. Based on this crucial observation, a model of acquisition is proposed which allows for a flexible and systematic relationship between morphological forms and their respective interpretational biases dependent on their developmental context. As for early child language, I argue that children entertain only two temporal parameters: one parameter is fixed to the here&now point in time, and a second parameter relates to the time talked about, the topic time; this latter time overlaps the situation time as long as no empirical evidence exists to support the emergence of a proper distinction between tense and aspect.

Revue / Journal Title

Linguistics    ISSN  0024-3949 

Source / Source

2004, vol. 42, no2, pp. 419-468 [50 page(s) (article)] (2 p.3/4)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

de Gruyter, Berlin, ALLEMAGNE  (1963) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Crosslinguistic study

;

Finite form

;

Infinitive (construction)

;

Verbal aspect

;

Tense

;

Child

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Semantics

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Inflectional morphology

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Language development

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Language acquisition

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Psychology of language

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Etude translinguistique

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Forme finie

;

Infinitive

;

Aspect verbal

;

Temps grammatical

;

Enfant

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Sémantique

;

Morphologie flexionnelle

;

Développement du langage

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Acquisition du langage

;

Psychologie du langage

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23958, 35400011010783.0060

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 15711299



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