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Volume 38, Issue 3


Introduction: a functional approach to ellipsis

Edith L Bavin
Published Online: 2008-02-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ling.38.3.449


The papers in this issue discuss children's ellipsis of arguments, focusing on the interaction of discourse (or usage) with grammar and typology. Over the past years, many of the discussions on argument ellipsis in children's language were motivated by theoretical claims about universal grammar, and much of the discussion focused on subject ellipsis in an examination of the so-called pro-drop parameter. Research on the pro-drop parameter considered the implications of language differences on the acquisition process. Languages considered included Italian, Portugese, French, Chinese, English, and German (e.g. Hyams 1986; Pierce 1992; Valian 1991; Valian and Eisenberg 1996; Huang 1989). The research focused on empirical support for the initial setting of the parameter, or the factors that influenced the setting of the parameter appropriately.

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*Correspondence address: School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia.

Published Online: 2008-02-20

Published in Print: 2000-08-30

Citation Information: Linguistics, Volume 38, Issue 3, Pages 449–455, ISSN (Online) 1613-396X, ISSN (Print) 0024-3949, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ling.38.3.449.

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