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Title:Developmental aspects of Maximize Presupposition: a view from Slovenian
Authors:Stateva, Penka (Author)
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Language:English
Work type:Not categorized (r6)
Tipology:3.14 - Invited Lecture at Foreign University
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:n this talk I will present the results of an experimental study of young children's acquisition and use of the pragmatic principle Maximize Presupposition in the context of the propositional attitude predicates (equivalent to) know and think. We use a felicity judgement task to test the ability of 5- and 7-year-old Slovenian-speaking children to derive the factive presupposition of know and the pragmatic inference trigerred by think in accord with Maximize Presupposition. The older group of children outperformed the younger group in both conditions manifesting a ceiling performance, while the younger group showed a more mixed pattern. Our results suggest that the anti-factivity inference is mastered on a par with the ability to derive the presupposition of factivity, as predicted by contemporary pragmatic theories. The discussion will also touch upon questions about the influence of bilingualism on developing pragmatic abilities, negative transfer in the domain of pragmatics and its dependence on cross-linguistic morpho-syntactic variation among translational equivalents.
Keywords:Maximize Presupposition, language acquisition, attitude verbs, Theory of Mind
Year of performance:27
Place of performance:Univerza v Ženevi, Séminaire de Recherche en Linguistique
COBISS_ID:62214403 Link is opened in a new window
URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:NDSPMBIM
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