In this paper we investigate the production of (null) subjects in the spontaneous speech of 15 monolingual children between the ages of 1;09 and 3;01 acquiring Hebrew, a partially pro-drop language. Our results show that all children behave adultlike regarding the pro-drop part of Hebrew. Furthermore, Root Infinitives appear with underspecified subjects (most of them null), and the majority of the finite verbs requiring an overt subject occur correctly with a specified subject as predicted by Hoekstra & Hyams (1995): 67% for the younger children, and 96% for the older children. The 33% unexplained underspecified subjects with finite verbs in the youngest age group are accounted for by the lack of the pragmatic Concept of Non-Shared Assumptions (Schaeffer 1999).
|Title of host publication||Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics|
|Editors||Sharon Armon-Lotem, Gabi Danon , Susan Rothstein|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|State||Published - 2008|
|Name||Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today |