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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Gotowski, Megan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics
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  • There has been debate over whether French subject clitics are affixes denoting agreement (Legendre et al. (2010); Culbertson 2010), or syntactic arguments (de Cat 2005). The analysis of clitics as affixes has been motivated by "subject doubling," in which a strong pronoun or full DP precedes a subject clitic, in child French. In this thesis, I will address these two previous interpretations of clitics, and I will offer an alternative analysis; French-speaking children may initially represent clitics as affixes as a result of competing grammars. As they acquire the target grammar, they will then reanalyze clitics as arguments. Subject doubling may therefore correspond to a stage in acquisition. I will present an analysis of the Palasis (2010) corpus from CHILDES, and contend that differences in the production rates of doubling in child and adult French, and in the syntax of child and adult French, provide support for this claim.
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  • Terry, J. Michael
  • Becker, Misha
  • Hendrick, Randall
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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