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Multiple Interrogatives: Syntax, Semantics, and Learnability
The dissertation consists of theoretical and experimental studies of multiple interrogatives (i.e., sentences containing more than one wh-phrase, like Who bought what?). First, I examine the status of Superiority effects ...
Pragmatic computation in language acquisition: evidence from disjunction and conjunction in negative context
This dissertation discusses how pragmatic factors contribute to children's behavior in interpreting scopally ambiguous forms. In particular, we look at children's interpretation of negated sentences involving disjunction ...
Everyone Knows, Therefore Every Child Knows: An Investigation of Logico-semantic Competence in Child Language
This dissertation discusses children's understanding of semantic contribution of the universal quantifier every and its interactions with negation from a logico-semantic perspective. The universal quantifier every evokes ...